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Drifting Down the River.

Mary A. Fobd (Una). Drifting down the shining river, Where the sunbeams glance and quiver. On the rippling waves so swiftly Dancing onward to the sea ; As they glide in ceaseless motion ' To "the broad unfathomed ocean, What a lesson in their journey, Do they whisper unto me ! Down broad and deeper river— On whose wavelets we can never Sail but once—for never backward O'er its surface may we go — Do we float, perhaps unshrinking, Often heedless and unthinking, Where the, boundless endless ocean Qf Eternity doth flow. With our' hopeful eye 3 turned, sunward We are looking onward,' onward For a glimpse of that bright Eden Lost while yet the world was young ; For wq fancy that it glimmers Where the shining water'shimmers Like a gate of pearl before us By the hand of distance hung. . 'Mong its far off purple shadows Do we picture flowery meadows-^ Bright elysian fields of beauty, Where we hope to pause and rest; , But how oft we find- them cheating, ' Empty visions, false and fleeting As the magic cities rising From the water's misty breast. When at last our kaven Hearing, All its beauty disappearing, We but find a barren desert On the sea's rough stormy verge j All its fruits to ashes turning, All its valleys bare and burning, the white wings of its angels But the foam-wreaths on the surge. Naught is real, naught is lasting Save that world to which we're hasting Over Time's swift flowing river j And for rest we seek in vain Till we reach the golden portal Never crossed by foot of mortal, And our life bark's wrecked and shattered Ne'er to breast the waves again, —" New York Freeman's Journal." j

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Drifting Down the River., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2437, 23 May 1890

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Drifting Down the River. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2437, 23 May 1890

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