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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV.  1876–79.
 
Arun, the River
To the River Arun
Charlotte Smith (1749–1806)
 
ON thy wild banks, by frequent torrents worn,
No glittering fanes or marble domes appear:
Yet shall the weeping muse thy course adorn,
And still to her thy rustic waves be dear.
For with the infant Otway lingering here        5
Of early woes she bade her votary dream,
While thy low murmurs soothed his pensive ear;
And still the poet consecrates the stream.
Beneath the oak and birch that fringe thy side,
The first-born violets of the year shall spring;        10
And in thy hazels, bending o’er the tide,
The earliest nightingales delight to sing:
While kindred spirits pitying shall relate
Thy Otway’s sorrows, and lament his fate.
 
 
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