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Poem by Isa Knox
A GLIMPSE of the river! it glimmers Through the stems of the beeches; Through the screen of the willows it shimmers In long winding reaches; Flowing so softly that scarcely It seems to be flowing, But the reeds of the low little islands Are bent to its going; And soft as the breath of a sleeper Its heaving and sighing, In the coves where the fleets of the lilies At anchor are lying: It looks as if fallen asleep In the lap of the meadows, and smiling Like a child in the grass, dreaming deep Of the flowers and their golden beguiling. A glimpse of the river! it glooms Underneath the dark arches; Across it the broad shadow looms, And the eager crowd marches; Where waiting the feet of the city, Strong and swift it is flowing; On its bosom the ships of the nations Are coming and going; Heavy laden, it labors and spends, In a great strain of duty, The power that was gathered and nursed In the calm and the beauty. Like thee, noble river, like thee! Let our lives in beginning and ending Fair in their gathering be, And great in the time of their spending.
Poem Themes: Rivers, Rivers of England
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