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Poem by Sara Teasdale

The River

  I came from the sunny valleys
   And sought for the open sea,
  For I thought in its gray expanses
   My peace would come to me.

  I came at last to the ocean
   And found it wild and black,
  And I cried to the windless valleys,
   "Be kind and take me back!"

  But the thirsty tide ran inland,
   And the salt waves drank of me,
  And I who was fresh as the rainfall
   Am bitter as the sea.

Sara Teasdale

Sara Teasdale's other poems:
  1. I Shall Not Care
  2. New Love and Old
  3. Age
  4. After Love
  5. Song at Capri

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Coventry Patmore The River ("It is a venerable place")
  • Thomas Aird The River ("Infant of the weeping hills")
  • William Watson The River ("As drones a bee with sultry hum")
  • Charles Sorley The River ("He watched the river running black") February 1913
  • Rose Cooke The River ("The river flows and flows away")
  • Ella Wilcox The River ("I am a river flowing from GodТs sea")

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