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John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892).  The Poetical Works in Four Volumes.  1892.
 
Poems by Elizabeth H. Whittier
The Meeting Waters
 
CLOSE beside the meeting waters,
  Long I stood as in a dream,
Watching how the little river
  Fell into the broader stream.
 
Calm and still the mingled current        5
  Glided to the waiting sea;
On its breast serenely pictured
  Floating cloud and skirting tree.
 
And I thought, “O human spirit!
  Strong and deep and pure and blest,        10
Let the stream of my existence
  Blend with thine, and find its rest!”
 
I could die as dies the river,
  In that current deep and wide;
I would live as live its waters,        15
  Flashing from a stronger tide!
 
 
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