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ON THE BANKS OF A ROCKY STREAM

          BEHOLD an emblem of our human mind
          Crowded with thoughts that need a settled home,
          Yet, like to eddying balls of foam
          Within this whirlpool, they each other chase
          Round and round, and neither find
          An outlet nor a resting-place!
          Stranger, if such disquietude be thine,
          Fall on thy knees and sue for help divine.
                                                              1846.


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