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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
America: Vols. XXV–XXIX.  1876–79.
 
New England: Pawtucket Falls, R. I.
Pawtucket Falls
Job Durfee (1790–1847)
 
(From Whatcheer, Canto II)

AT last a sound, like murmurs from the shore,
  Of far-off ocean when the storm is bound,
Grows on his ear, and still increases more
  As he advances, till the woods resound,
And seem to tremble with the constant roar        5
  Of many waters. Ay, the very ground
Begins to shake, when ’neath the arching trees,
Bright glimmering, and fast gliding down, he sees
 
Broad rushing waters,—to their dizzy steep
  Hither they come; thence, glimmering far as sight,        10
Up ’twixt the groves can trace their coming sweep;
  Here, from the precipice all frothy white,
Uttering an earthquake in their headlong leap,
  And flinging sunbows o’er their showery flight,
And bursting wild,—down, down, all foam they go        15
To the dark gulf, and smoke and boil below.
 
Thence, hurrying onward through the narrow bound
  Of banks precipitous, they murmuring go,
Till by the jutting cliffs half wheeling round,
  They leave the view among the hills below.        20
There paused our father, ravished with the sound
  Of the wild waters, and their rapid flow;
And there, all lonely, joyed that he had found
Thy Falls, Pawtucket, and where Seekonk wound.
 
 
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