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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
The Two Rivers
By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882)
SLOWLY the hour-hand of the clock moves round;
  So slowly that no human eye hath power
  To see it move! Slowly in shine or shower
  The painted ship above it, homeward bound,
Sails, but seems motionless, as if aground;        5
  Yet both arrive at last; and in his tower
  The slumberous watchman wakes and strikes the hour,
  A mellow, measured, melancholy sound.
Midnight! the outpost of advancing day!
  The frontier town and citadel of night!        10
  The watershed of Time, from which the streams
Of Yesterday and To-morrow take their way,
  One to the land of promise and of light,
  One to the land of darkness and of dreams!

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