The Taunton River
fashioned in the olden times,
Howe’er the tides of human life
By simple means and measures,
May vary with the ages
With ready-made material drawn
With new achievements and designs
From nature’s boundless treasures.
That mark historic pages;
Unnumbered rivulets and brooks
Our river still shall flow unmoved
Were started onward flowing;
By changing laws and orders,
Quite heedless what their errand was,
And smile alike on every race
Or wither they were going. . That builds upon its borders.
Until at length these wayward streams
Dispensing freely as it goes
Each glad to be a giver, Its uses and its graces,
Combined and braided all their strands
It offers an example brave
To form the one “great river”. To all men in all places.
And then the river hastened on
Let orators and poets true
With steadfast, joyful motion,
Their sweet discourse deliver
To seek its fortune in the world,
In praise of famous streams afar;
And find the mighty ocean.
We praise the Taunton River
M. E. N. Hathaway.