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Poem by John Bannister Tabb


The Brook


It is the mountain to the sea
That makes a messenger of me;
And, lest I loiter on the way
And lose what I am sent to say,
He sets his reverie to song,
And bids me sing it all day long.
Farewell! for here the stream is slow,
And I have many a mile to go.



John Bannister Tabb


John Bannister Tabb's other poems:
  1. An Idolater
  2. Close Quarters
  3. A Spy
  4. Foot-Soldiers
  5. Doctor Tumble-Bug


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Alfred Tennyson The Brook ("I come from haunts of coot and hern")
  • Edward Thomas The Brook ("Seated once by a brook, watching a child")
  • Madison Cawein The Brook ("To it the forest tells")

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