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Be still,—be still!
Midnight’s arch is broken
In thy ceaseless ripples.
Dark and cold below them
Runs the troubled water,—
Only on its bosom,
Shimmering and trembling,
Doth the glinted star-shine
                  Sparkle and cease.

Be still,—be still!
Boundless truth is shattered
On thy hurrying current.
Rest, with face uplifted,
Calm, serenely quiet;
Drink the deathless beauty—
Thrills of love and wonder
Sinking, shining, star-like;
Till the mirrored heaven
Hollow down within thee
Holy deeps unfathomed,
Where far thoughts go floating,
And low voices wander
              Whispering peace.


This poem is in the public domain.

About this Poem

“Serenity” was published in Sill’s book The Hermitage and other poems (Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1868).


Edward Rowland Sill

Edward Rowland Sill was born in 1841 in Windsor, Connecticut. He wrote The Hermitage and other poems (1868) and The Venus of Milo: and other poems (1883). Sill died in 1887.

Date Published: 1868-01-01

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