Two Rivers, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Two Rivers

Thy summer voice, Musketaquit,
Repeats the music of the rain;
But sweeter rivers pulsing flit
Through thee, as thou through Concord Plain.   Thou in thy narrow banks art pent:
The stream I love unbounded goes
Through flood and sea and firmament;
Through light, through life, it forward flows.   I see the inundation sweet,
I hear the spending of the stream
Through years, through men, through Nature fleet,
Through love and thought, through power and dream.   Musketaquit, a goblin strong,
Of shard and flint makes jewels gay;
They lose their grief who hear his song,
And where he winds is the day of day.   So forth and brighter fares my stream, --
Who drink it shall not thirst again;
No darkness stains its equal gleam.
And ages drop in it like rain. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson