w with me,
"In the far-off untarnished years
Before thy furrows were washed with tears,
"Or ever thy serious creature eyes
Were aged with a mist of memories.
"Hast thou forgotten the long ago
In the garden where I used to flow,
"Among the hills, with the maple tree
And the roses blowing over me?--
"I who am now but a wraith of this river,
Forsaken of thee forever and ever,
"Who then was thine image fair, forecast
In the heart of the water rimpling past.
"Out in the wide of the summer zone
I lulled and allured thee apart and alone,
"The azure gleam and the golden croon
And the grass with the flaky roses strewn.
"There you would lie and lean above me,
The more you lingered the more to love me,
"Till I became, as the year grew old,
Thy fairest day-dream's fashion and mould,
"Deep in the water twilight there,
Smiling, elusive, wonderful, fair,
"The beautiful visage of thy clear soul