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Samuel Kettell, ed.  Specimens of American Poetry.  1829.
 
Rapids in Love
By William Crafts (1787–1826)
 
THERE 1 are rapids in love, but they fall as they flow,
Thus pleasure inhabits the bodies of wo,
And the tears of their union though sunbeams illume,
They meet in the rainbow, and part in the gloom.
 
There are rapids in love, but they must be past o’er        5
By those who will not be confined to the shore;
Even danger has charms when it points to delight,
And morning is lovelier for following night.
 
Let us risk the descent—our barks shall combine,
Our hopes and our hearts shall together incline:        10
Love beckons us on to the perilous wave,
One moment shall ruin us both, or shall save.
 
Protect us, ye stars of the fond and the true,
The dangers of lovers are sacred to you;
The rapids are over,—surviving, secure,        15
In the sea of delight our barks we will moor.
 
Note 1. Crafts was born at Charleston, South Carolina, January 24th, 1787. He received his education at Harvard University, and studied law and spent the remainder of his life in his native city, where he became noted as a lawyer of great ability and eloquence. He was a member of the legislature of South Carolina, and was for some time editor of the Charleston Courier. He died at Lebanon Springs, New York, September 23d 1826, at the age of 39. A collection of his works, comprising poems, essays in prose, and orations, with a biographical memoir, was published at Charleston during the last year. [back]
 
 
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