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Poem by Charles Lamb


To a River in Which a Child Was Drowned


Smiling river, smiling river,
On thy bosom sun-beams play;
Though they're fleeting, and retreating,
Thou hast more deceit than they.

In thy channel, in thy channel,
Choak'd with ooze and grav'lly stones,
Deep immersed, and unhearsed,
Lies young Edward's corse: his bones

Ever whitening, ever whitening,
As thy waves against them dash;
What thy torrent, in the current,
Swallow'd, now it helps to wash.

As if senseless, as if senseless
Things had feeling in this case;
What so blindly, and unkindly,
It destroy'd, it now does grace. 



Charles Lamb


Charles Lamb's other poems:
  1. Nursing
  2. David
  3. Lines Addressed from London, to Sara and S.T.C. at Bristol, in the Summer of 1796
  4. Love, Death, and Reputation
  5. Cleanliness


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