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C.D. Warner, et al., comp. The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

A Petition to Time

By Bryan Waller Procter (Barry Cornwall) (1787–1874)

TOUCH us gently, Time!

Let us glide adown thy stream

Gently,—as we sometimes glide

Through a quiet dream!

Humble voyagers are we,

Husband, wife, and children three.

(One is lost,—an angel, fled

To the azure overhead!)

Touch us gently, Time!

We’ve not proud nor soaring wings:

Our ambition, our content,

Lies in simple things.

Humble voyagers are we,

O’er Life’s dim unsounded sea,

Seeking only some calm clime:

Touch us gently, gentle Time!