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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume V. Nature.  1904.
 
IV. Inland Waters: Highlands
A Farewell
Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)
 
FLOW down, cold rivulet, to the sea
  Thy tribute wave deliver:
No more by thee my steps shall be,
  For ever and for ever.
 
Flow, softly flow, by lawn and lea,        5
  A rivulet then a river:
No where by thee my steps shall be,
  For ever and for ever.
 
But here will sigh thine alder tree,
  And here thine aspen shiver;        10
And here by thee will hum the bee,
  For ever and for ever.
 
A thousand suns will stream on thee,
  A thousand moons will quiver;
But not by thee my steps shall be,        15
  For ever and for ever.
 
 
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