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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882).  Complete Poetical Works.  1893.
 
In the Harbor
To the Avon
 
FLOW on, sweet river! like his verse
Who lies beneath this sculptured hearse;
Nor wait beside the churchyard wall
For him who cannot hear thy call.
 
Thy playmate once; I see him now        5
A boy with sunshine on his brow,
And hear in Stratford’s quiet street
The patter of his little feet.
 
I see him by thy shallow edge
Wading knee-deep amid the sedge;        10
And lost in thought, as if thy stream
Were the swift river of a dream.
 
He wonders whitherward it flows;
And fain would follow where it goes,
To the wide world, that shall erelong        15
Be filled with his melodious song.
 
Flow on, fair stream! That dream is o’er;
He stands upon another shore;
A vaster river near him flows,
And still he follows where it goes.        20
 
 
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