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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
A Petition to Time
By Bryan Waller Procter (Barry Cornwall) (1787–1874)
 
TOUCH us gently, Time!
  Let us glide adown thy stream
Gently,—as we sometimes glide
  Through a quiet dream!
Humble voyagers are we,        5
Husband, wife, and children three.
(One is lost,—an angel, fled
To the azure overhead!)
 
Touch us gently, Time!
  We’ve not proud nor soaring wings:        10
Our ambition, our content,
  Lies in simple things.
Humble voyagers are we,
O’er Life’s dim unsounded sea,
Seeking only some calm clime:        15
Touch us gently, gentle Time!
 
 
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