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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume I. Of Home: of Friendship.  1904.
Poems of Home: V. The Home
A Petition to Time
Bryan Waller Procter (Barry Cornwall) (1787–1874)
TOUCH us gently, Time!
  Let us glide adown thy stream
Gently,—as we sometimes glide
  Through a quiet dream.
Humble voyagers are We,        5
Husband, wife, and children three—
(One is lost,—an angel, fled
To the azure overhead.)
Touch us gently, Time!
  We ’ve not proud nor soaring wings:        10
Our ambition, our content,
  Lies in simple things.
Humble voyagers are we,
O’er Life’s dim, unsounded sea,
Seeking only some calm clime;—        15
Touch us gently, gentle Time!

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