hide in the brook when I seek to draw nearer, Laughing amain when I feign to
depart; Often I hear them, now faint and now clearer— Innocent bold or so
sweetly discreet. Are they Nymphs of the Stream at their playing Or but
the brook I mistook for a voice? Little care I; for, despite harsh Time’s
flaying, Brook voice or Nymph voice still makes me rejoice.
Ellis Parker Butler American Author, Humorist and Speaker Born: December 5,
1869; Muscatine, Iowa. Died: September 13, 1937; Williamsville, Massachusetts.