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Poem by Ellis Parker Butler


The Water Nymphs


They hide in the brook when I seek to draw nearer,
  Laughing amain when I feign to depart;
Often I hear them, now faint and now clearer
  Innocent bold or so sweetly discreet.
Are they Nymphs of the Stream at their playing
  Or but the brook I mistook for a voice?
Little care I; for, despite harsh Times flaying,
  Brook voice or Nymph voice still makes me rejoice.



Ellis Parker Butler


Ellis Parker Butler's other poems:
  1. New England Magazine
  2. The Ballade of the Automobile
  3. The Rich Boys Christmas
  4. Why I Went to the Foot
  5. Cupid Caught Napping


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