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"THE UNREMITTING VOICE OF NIGHTLY STREAMS"

          THE unremitting voice of nightly streams
          That wastes so oft, we think, its tuneful powers,
          If neither soothing to the worm that gleams
          Through dewy grass, nor small birds hushed in bowers,
          Nor unto silent leaves and drowsy flowers,--
          That voice of unpretending harmony
          (For who what is shall measure by what seems
          To be, or not to be,
          Or tax high Heaven with prodigality?)
          Wants not a healing influence that can creep                10
          Into the human breast, and mix with sleep
          To regulate the motion of our dreams
          For kindly issues--as through every clime
          Was felt near murmuring brooks in earliest time;
          As at this day, the rudest swains who dwell
          Where torrents roar, or hear the tinkling knell
          Of water-breaks, with grateful heart could tell.
                                                              1846.


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