Lyrics of Lowly Life
by Paul Laurence Dunbar
"By the Stream"
- Year Published: 1913
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: United States of America
- Source: Dunbar, P.L. (1913). The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar. New York: Dodd, Mead, and Company.
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.5
- Word Count: 101
- Genre: Poetry
- ✎ Cite This
Dunbar, P. (1913). "By the Stream". Lyrics of Lowly Life (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved June 07, 2023, from https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/187/lyrics-of-lowly-life/3685/by-the-stream/
Dunbar, Paul Laurence. ""By the Stream"." Lyrics of Lowly Life. Lit2Go Edition. 1913. Web. <https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/187/lyrics-of-lowly-life/3685/by-the-stream/>. June 07, 2023.
Paul Laurence Dunbar, ""By the Stream"," Lyrics of Lowly Life, Lit2Go Edition, (1913), accessed June 07, 2023, https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/187/lyrics-of-lowly-life/3685/by-the-stream/.
By the stream I dream in calm delight, and watch as in a glass,
How the clouds like crowds of snowy–hued and white–robed maidens pass,
And the water into ripples breaks and sparkles as it spreads,
Like a host of armored knights with silver helmets on their heads.
And I deem the stream an emblem fit of human life may go,
For I find a mind may sparkle much and yet but shallows show,
And a soul may glow with myriad lights and wondrous mysteries,
When it only lies a dormant thing and mirrors what it sees.