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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
Brook Song
By James Herbert Morse (1841– )
A MELLOW lullaby the waters sound,
Of lively Shenandoah, Indian stream.
Oft do I lie upon the banks and dream
Myself away to some enchanted ground.
And many a bright day have I looked around—        5
Hearing a low, sweet, gurgling melody
That rose upon the ear harmoniously—
Thinking perhaps to see the face embrowned,
Dark eyes, and unlooped hair, and features wild,
Of some fair Indian mother singing low        10
A cradle-song beside her sleeping child,
Rocking her slender body to and fro,—
While in the leafy copse hard by, alone,
Stood her brown hut of bark, its warrior gone.

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