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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882).  Complete Poetical Works.  1893.
“O Faithful, Indefatigable Tides”
August 18, 1847.

O FAITHFUL, indefatigable tides,
That evermore upon God’s errands go,—
Now seaward bearing tidings of the land,—
Now landward bearing tidings of the sea,—
And filling every frith and estuary,        5
Each arm of the great sea, each little creek,
Each thread and filament of water-courses,
Full with your ministration of delight!
Under the rafters of this wooden bridge
I see you come and go; sometimes in haste        10
To reach your journey’s end, which being done
With feet unrested ye return again
And recommence the never-ending task;
Patient, whatever burdens ye may bear,
And fretted only by the impeding rocks.        15

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