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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Africa: Vol. XXIV.  1876–79.
 
Central and Southern Africa: Cape Colony
The Rock of Elks
Thomas Pringle (1789–1834)
 
DEEP in the forest lies hid a green dell,
Where fresh from the Rock of Elks blue waters swell;
And fast by that fountain a yellow-wood tree,
Which shelters the spot that is dearest to me.
 
Down by the streamlet my heifers are grazing;        5
Prone o’er the clear pool the herd-boy is gazing;
Under the shade my beloved is singing,—
The shade of the tree where her cradle is swinging.
 
When I come from the hill as the daylight is fading,
Though spent with the chase, and the game for my lading,        10
My nerves are new-strung, and my light heart is swelling,
As I gaze from the Rock of Elks over my dwelling.
 
 
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