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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
High Tide
By George Allan Mackenzie (1849–1936)
THE SALT wave, of the quiet valley fain,
Has pushed across the sands. The talking stream
Is silenced by its passing. Will it gain
Th’ untroubled reaches where the lilies dream,
To bask in still content beneath the gleam        5
Of stormless skies? No; it has climbed in vain;
For even now ’tis falling. I could dream
It breathed a long-drawn utterance of pain.
And thou, my soul, thou dost attain release
From mortal sadness in the fields divine        10
Where thou art often led; but it is thine
To stay—how short a time! below thy peace
  The great world travails, like the moaning sea,
  And calls thee back to share its agony.

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