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Poem by Oliver Wendell Holmes


The Two Streams


Behold the rocky wall
That down its sloping sides
Pours the swift rain-drops, blending, as they fall,
In rushing river-tides!

Yon stream, whose sources run
Turned by a pebbles edge,
Is Athabasca, rolling toward the sun
Through the cleft mountain-ledge.

The slender rill had strayed,
But for the slanting stone,
To evenings ocean, with the tangled braid
Of foam-flecked Oregon.

So from the heights of Will
Lifes parting stream descends,
And, as a moment turns its slender rill,
Each widening torrent bends,

From the same cradles side,
From the same mothers knee,
One to long darkness and the frozen tide,
One to the Peaceful Sea!



Oliver Wendell Holmes


Oliver Wendell Holmes's other poems:
  1. The Cambridge Churchyard
  2. A Poem for the Meeting of the American Medical Association at New York, May 5, 1853
  3. The Treadmill Song
  4. The September Gale
  5. The Last Reader


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