Contented river! In thy dreamy realm The cloudy willow and the plumy elm: Thou beautiful! From ev'ry dreamy hill what eye but wanders with thee at thy will, Contented river! And yet over-shy To mask thy beauty from the eager eye; Hast thou a thought to hide from field and town? In some deep current of the sunlit brown Ah! there's a restive ripple, And the swift red leaves September's firstlings faster drift; Wouldst thou away, dear stream? Come, whisper near! I also of much resting have a fear: Let me tomorrow thy companion be, By fall and shallow to the adventurous sea!
- by Robert Underwood Johnson (1858 - 1937), from "Poems"  [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- by Charles Edward Ives (1874 - 1954), "The Housatonic at Stockbridge", 1921. [text verified 1 time]
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