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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
 
Songs of the Sea Children
XLIX. ‘I was a reed in the stilly stream’
By Bliss Carman (1861–1929)
 
I WAS a reed in the stilly stream,
  Heigh-ho!
And thou my fellow of moveless dream,
  Heigh-ho!
 
Hardly a word the river said,        5
As there we bowed him a listless head.
 
Only the yellowbird pierced the noon;
And summer died to a drowsier swoon,
 
Till the little wind of night came by,
With the little stars in the lonely sky,        10
 
And the little leaves that only stir,
When shyest wood-fellows confer.
 
It shook the stars in their purple sphere,
And laid a frost on the lips of fear.
 
It woke our slumbering desire,        15
As a breath that blows a mellow fire,
 
And the thrill that made the forest start,
Was a little sigh from our happy heart.
 
This is the story of the world,
  Heigh-ho!        20
This is the glory of the world,
  Heigh-ho!
 
 
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