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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
 
VI. The Nile
By James Henry Leigh Hunt (1784–1859)
 
IT flows through old hushed Egypt and its sands,
  Like some grave mighty thought threading a dream,
  And times and things, as in that vision, seem
  Keeping along it their eternal stands,—
Caves, pillars, pyramids, the shepherd bands        5
  That roamed through the young world, the glory extreme
  Of high Sesostris, and that southern beam,
  The laughing queen that caught the world’s great hands.
Then comes a mightier silence, stern and strong,
  As of a world left empty of its throng,        10
  And the void weighs on us; and then we wake,
And hear the fruitful stream lapsing along
  ’Twixt villages, and think how we shall take
  Our own calm journey on for human sake.
 
 
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