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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
113. Epithalamium
 
By John Gardiner Calkins Brainard
 
 
I SAW two clouds at morning,
  Tinged with the rising sun,
And in the dawn they floated on,
  And mingled into one:
I thought that morning cloud was blest,        5
It moved so sweetly to the west.
 
I saw two summer currents
  Flow smoothly to their meeting,
And join their course, with silent force,
  In peace each other greeting:        10
Calm was their course through banks of green,
While dimpling eddies played between.
 
Such be your gentle motion,
  Till life’s last pulse shall beat;
Like summer’s beam, and summer’s stream,        15
  Float on, in joy, to meet
A calmer sea, where storms shall cease—
A purer sky, where all is peace.
 

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