RIDDLE, by Samuel Griswold Goodrich (from Robert Merry's Museum, June 1853, pp. 183-184)
I. Go wide o'er the world, And every where seek me-- In earth, sea, or air, Thou never shalt meet me! Go wide o'er the world-- I always am there-- Wherever thou roamest, In earth, sea, or air! II. Go, speak to the woodland, And question of me-- Oh ne'er shalt thou find me, With forest or tree! Go, speak to the woodland,-- I ever am there, And live in its whispers, Tho' lighter than air! III. Go, winnow the wave, And seek for my breath-- Ah, ocean and river, Reveal but my death! Go, winnow the wave, Tho' with winter it shiver-- There--there shalt thou find me, 'Mid ocean and river! IV. In whirlwinds I revel, Yet in zephyrs expire-- I flourish in warmth,-- And I perish in fire! The winter I cherish, Yet each season I shun; Half living in harvest, In summer, undone! V. I come with the warlock-- I go with the ghoul-- I shriek with the wizard-- I hoot with the owl! I ride on the hazel Which witches have rent-- I fly on the wind Which the eagle hath bent. VI. I come and I go-- Oft unseen and unsought;-- I live but in words-- I perish in thought. So to all and to each, I bid you adieu;-- Yet to all and to each-- I stay double with you!