August 11, 2011
COMES something down with eventide,
Beside the sunset’s golden bars,
Beside the floating scents, beside
The twinkling shadows of the stars.
Upon the river’s rippling face,
Flash after flash the white
Broke up in many a shallow place;
The rest was soft and bright.
By chance my eye fell on the stream;
How many a marvelous power
Sleeps in us,—sleeps, and doth not dream!
This knew I in that hour.
For then my heart, so full of strife,
No more was in me stirred;
My life was in the river’s life,
And I nor saw nor heard.
I and the river, we were one:
The shade beneath the bank,
I felt it cool; the setting sun
Into my spirit sank.
A rushing thing in power serene
I was; the mystery
I felt of having ever been
And being still to be.
Was it a moment or an hour?
I knew not; but I mourned
When, from that realm of awful power
I to these fields returned.