Poem (ed: it's James Whitcomb Riley, some of the verses are left out)
Found in "The African Queen" by C.S. Forester. Published by The Modern Library, 1940.SalutationTo Benj. F. JohnsonThe Old ManLo! steadfast and serene,In patient pause betweenThe seen and the unseen,What gentle zephyrs fanYou silken silver hair, -And what diviner airBreathes round you like a prayer,Old Man?Can you, in nearer viewOl Glory, pierce the blueOf happy Heaven through;And, listening mutely, canYour sense, dull to us,Hear Angel - voices thus,In chrous glorious - Old Man?In your reposeful gazeThe dusk of Autumn daysIs blent with April haze,As when of old beganThe bursting of the budOf rosy babyhood -When all the world was good,Old Man.