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Oliver Wendell Holmes (Оливер Уэнделл Холмс)


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 pebble’s edge,
Is Athabasca, rolling toward the sun
Through the cleft mountain-ledge.

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

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

From the same cradle’s side,
From the same mother’s knee,—
One to long darkness and the frozen tide,
One to the Peaceful Sea!



Oliver Wendell Holmes's other poems:
  1. The Moral Bully
  2. A Sentiment (THE pledge of Friendship! it is still divine)
  3. Verses for After-Dinner Phi Beta Kappa Society, 1844
  4. The Flower of Liberty
  5. The Cambridge Churchyard


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