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And Rip was slowly made aware that he, Van Winkle, was not here nor there. He woke and swore he'd seen Broadway a Catskill daisy chain in May - So memory, that strikes a rhyme out of a hox Or splits a random smell of flowers through glass Is it the whip stripped from the lilac tree One day in spring my father took to me, Or is it the Sabbatical, unconscious smile My mother almost brought me once from church And once only, as I recall-? It flickered through the snow screen, blindly It forsook her at the doorway, it was gone Before I had left the window.
What are you, lost within this tideless spell? You are your father's father, and the streamA liquid theme that :Boating niggers swell. Damp tonnage and alluvial march of days:Nights turbid, vascular with silted shale And roots surrendered down of moraine clays: The Mississippi drinks the farthest dale. o quarrying passion, undertowed sunlight! barred in lengthening might; Patience! and you shall reach the hiding place! Over De Soto's bones the freighted Hoors Throb past the City storied of three thrones.
And obscure as that heaven of the Jews, Thy guerdon ••• Accolade thou dost bestow Of anonymity time cannot raise: Vibrant reprieve and pardon thou dost show. ) Terrific threshold of the prophet's pledge, Prayer of pariah, and the lover's cry,Again the traffic lights that skim thy swift Unfractioned idiom, immaculate sigh of stars, Beading thy path - condense eternity: And we have seen night lifted in thine arms. Under thy shadow by the piers I waited; Only in darkness is thy shadow clear. The City's fiery parcels all undone, Already snow submerges an iron year ••• o Sleepless as the river under thee, Vaulting the sea, the prairies' dreaming sod, Unto us lowliest sometime sweep, descend And of the curveship lend a myth to God.