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Two Rivers Note

   Thy summer voice, Musketaquit, Definition
   Repeats the music of the rain;
   But sweeter rivers pulsing flit
   Through thee, as thou through the 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 steam
   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 taints its equal gleam,
   And ages drop in it like rain.


Early versions of the poem from his journal:

I see thy brimming, eddying stream
And thy enchantment,
For thou changest every rock in thy bed
Into a gem,
All is opal and agate,
And at will thou pavest with diamonds:
Take them away from the stream Note
And they are poor, shreds and flints.
So is it with me today.


A later version:
Thy murmuring voice, Musketaquid,
Repeats the music of the rain,
But sweeter rivers silent flit
Through thee as thou through Concord plain.
Thou in thy banks must dwell,
The stream I follow freely flows
Through thee, through rocks, through air as well,
Through light, through men it gayly goes.