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Edwin Arlington Robinson - The Torrent

I found a torrent falling in a glen 
Where the sunís light shone silvered and leaf-split; 
The boom, the foam, and the mad flash of it 
All made a magic symphony; but when 
I thought upon the coming of hard men
To cut those patriarchal trees away, 
And turn to gold the silver of that spray, 
I shuddered. Yet a gladness now and then 
Did wake me to myself till I was glad 
In earnest, and was welcoming the time
For screaming saws to sound above the chime 
Of idle waters, and for me to know 
The jealous visionings that I had had 
Were steps to the great place where trees and torrents go. 

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