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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
794. Brook Song
 
By James Herbert Morse
 
 
  BROOK, would thou couldst flow
With a music all thine own—
Thy babble of music alone—
Not a word of the Long Ago
In thy brawling down below,        5
Not a sigh of the wind by thee,
The wind in the willow tree!
 
Or, Brook, if thou couldst go,
As once, in the prime of May,
For a whole long holiday,        10
When the cowslips down below,
And the violets watched thy flow,
With the babble of two by thee,
And the wind in the willow tree!
 
O Brook, if thou couldst so        15
Make a living music, and sing
Of a faded, bygone spring,
And down by the violets flow
With that babble of Long Ago,—
I would listen forever to thee        20
And the wind in the willow tree.
 

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