The Brook

1
Down lines of pine and eglantine
Serpentine in my falling
I touch the woodbines and the vines
Mellifluously calling.

2
Calling on links of ripply winks
To ocean anemone
On silver kinks that pass through chinks
Of mountain chalcedony.

3
On stones of silver tones I ring
Make music of the mountain
Intonating notations fine
To make his sonant fountains.

4.
I linger as a singer
Gingerly in my saree
Of silver threads and leap adown
Singing my charivari.

5.
I wobble on my ripples
In which the sunbeams dabble
I double as I babble on
And on the pebbles babble.

6
I rally all my ripples
And make a sparkling sally
And dally down to daffodils
Into a dappled valley.

7
My silver bells a-jingle
Mingle upon the shingles
I jangle as I wrangle on
Illuming little ingles.

8.
I titter as I glitter
Beneath the blossom's twitter
I fritter fairy jewels
Borne on my silver litter.

9
I murmur, murmur merrily
A marine mermaid funning
Remembering my marine home
By airy rumours running.

10
By pleasant haunts of pheasants
And rainbow wings aflutter;
By peewit-haunted woodlands
I spurt, I race, I sputter.

11
I wander, wander as I run
Meandering in meshes
I squander all my music
Philandering my cresses.

12
I wield my water chisel
Rounding the angled boulder;
And carve my fretted bank curves
Singing a fairy moulder.

13
On earth's incline I wind and twine
Upon her pull I scurry;
To find her random wrinkles
Romances in my hurry.

14
Liquidly skidding scud I down
Love's path divinely fretted
The sunshine on the tears of life
In lovely lays all netted.

15
I purl and whirl and twirl my kinks
A girl in woodlands merry
I swirl, my silver scarves unfurl,
Curl fairy pearls to ferry.

16
By kindling briar blooms I flow
Spindling on brindled gravel
I scintillate on diamonds
As down the thorps I travel.

17
I murmur, murmur, murmur on,
Remembering my ocean;
For life is flow, the reaching slow,
But quick is quick emotion.

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