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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. V. Browning to Rupert Brooke
By Frederic William Henry Myers (1843–1901)
O GENTLE rushing of the stainless stream,
  Haunt of that maiden’s dream!
O beech and sycamore, whose branches made
  Her dear ancestral shade!
I call you praying; for she felt your power        5
  In many an inward hour;
To many a wild despairing mood ye gave
  Some help to heal or save,
And sang to heavenlier trances, long and long,
  Your world-old undersong.        10
Now therefore, if ye may, one moment show
  One look of long ago;
Create from waving sprays and tender dew
  Her soft fair form anew;
From deepening azure of those August skies        15
  Relume her ardent eyes!
Or if there may not from your sunlit aisle
  Be born one flying smile,—
In all your multitudinous music heard
  One whisper of one word,—        20
Then wrap me, forest, with thy blowing breath
  In sleep, in peace, in death;
Bear me, swift stream, with immemorial stir,
  To love, to God, to her.

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