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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV.  1876–79.
 
Thames, the River
Thames
Alexander Hume Butler
 
THAMES, infant Thames,
      Rippling, flowing
    Water-white,
    Where the bright
Young wilding gems        5
      Are blowing;
  Babbling ever in unrest,
While as o’er her darling’s pillow
Bends the mother, so the willow
            O’er thy breast.        10
 
Thames, maiden Thames,
      Glancing, shining
    Silver-blue;
    While for you
The lilied stems        15
      Are pining.
  Ah! thou lovest best to play
Slily with the wanton swallow,
While he whispers thee to follow
            Him away.        20
 
Thames, matron Thames,
      That ebbest back
    From the sea;
    Oh! in thee
There are emblems        25
      Of life’s track:
  We, too, would, like thee, regain,
If we might, our greener hours;
We, too, mourn our vanished flowers,
            But in vain.        30
 
 
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