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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV.  1876–79.
 
Severn, the River
The Severn
Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)
 
(From In Memoriam)

THE DANUBE to the Severn gave
  The darkened heart that beat no more;
  They laid him by the pleasant shore,
And in the hearing of the wave.
 
There twice a day the Severn fills;        5
  The salt sea-water passes by,
  And hushes half the babbling Wye,
And makes a silence in the hills.
 
The Wye is hushed nor moved along,
  And hushed my deepest grief of all,        10
  When filled with tears that cannot fall,
I brim with sorrow drowning song.
 
The tide flows down, the wave again
  Is vocal in its wooded walls;
  My deeper anguish also falls,        15
And I can speak a little then.
 
 
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