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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 173 pages of information about Little Rivers; a book of essays in profitable idleness.

AN ANGLER’S WISH IN TOWN

     When tulips bloom in Union Square,
     And timid breaths of vernal air
       Are wandering down the dusty town,
     Like children lost in Vanity Fair;

     When every long, unlovely row
     Of westward houses stands aglow
       And leads the eyes toward sunset skies,
     Beyond the hills where green trees grow;

     Then weary is the street parade,
     And weary books, and weary trade: 
       I’m only wishing to go a-fishing;
     For this the month of May was made.

     I guess the pussy-willows now
     Are creeping out on every bough
       Along the brook; and robins look
     For early worms behind the plough.

     The thistle-birds have changed their dun
     For yellow coats to match the sun;
       And in the same array of flame
     The Dandelion Show’s begun.

     The flocks of young anemones
     Are dancing round the budding trees: 
       Who can help wishing to go a-fishing
     In days as full of joy as these?

     I think the meadow-lark’s clear sound
     Leaks upward slowly from the ground,
       While on the wing the bluebirds ring
     Their wedding-bells to woods around: 

     The flirting chewink calls his dear
     Behind the bush; and very near,
       Where water flows, where green grass grows,
     Song-sparrows gently sing, “Good cheer:” 

     And, best of all, through twilight’s calm
     The hermit-thrush repeats his psalm: 
       How much I’m wishing to go a-fishing
     In days so sweet with music’s balm!

     ’Tis not a proud desire of mine;
     I ask for nothing superfine;
       No heavy weight, no salmon great,
     To break the record, or my line: 

     Only an idle little stream,
     Whose amber waters softly gleam,
       Where I may wade, through woodland shade,
     And cast the fly, and loaf, and dream: 

     Only a trout or two, to dart
     From foaming pools, and try my art: 
       No more I’m wishing—­old-fashioned fishing,
     And just a day on Nature’s heart.

     1894.

LITTLE RIVERS

A river is the most human and companionable of all inanimate things.  It has a life, a character, a voice of its own, and is as full of good fellowship as a sugar-maple is of sap.  It can talk in various tones, loud or low, and of many subjects, grave and gay.  Under favourable circumstances it will even make a shift to sing, not in a fashion that can be reduced to notes and set down in black and white on a sheet of paper, but in a vague, refreshing manner, and to a wandering air that goes

     “Over the hills and far away.”

For real company and friendship, there is nothing outside of the animal kingdom that is comparable to a river.

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