It avails not, time nor place – distance avails not,
I am with you, you men and women of a generation, or ever so many generations hence,
Just as you feel when you look on the river and sky, so I felt,
Just as any of you is one of a living crowd, I was one of a crowd,
Just as you are refreshed by the gladness of the river? I was refreshed,
Just as you stand and leanon the rail,yet hurry with with the swift current,I stood yet was hurried,
Just as you looked at the numberless mast of ships and and the thick-stemm’d pipes steamboats, I look’d.