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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
I. The Brook
By William Henry Burleigh (1812–1871)
“LIKE thee, O stream! to glide in solitude
  Noiselessly on, reflecting sun or star,
  Unseen by man, and from the great world’s jar
Kept evermore aloof; methinks ’t were good
To live thus lonely through the silent lapse        5
  Of my appointed time.” Not wisely said,
  Unthinking Quietest! The brook hath sped
Its course for ages through the narrow gaps
  Of rifted hills and o’er the reedy plain,
  Or ’mid the eternal forests, not in vain;        10
The grass more greenly groweth on its brink,
  And lovelier flowers and richer fruits are there,
And of its crystal waters myriads drink
  That else would faint beneath the torrid air.

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