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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
America: Vols. XXV–XXIX.  1876–79.
 
Middle States: Ausable, the River, N. Y.
Ausable
Oliver Wendell Withington (d. 1853)
 
THE TWILIGHT on Ausable
  By rock and river fell,
With tints of rose-veined marble
  It glimmered through the dell.
 
Shadows on tree and river        5
  In stately grandeur hung;
There Nature sings forever
  What poets have not sung.
 
The dark rocks, proudly lifted,
  Uprear their rugged form,        10
Like giants—nobly gifted
  To breast the torrent’s storm.
 
Dim mystery forever
  Here chants a song sublime,
While onward rolls the river,        15
  Unchangeable as time.
 
From soul to soul is spoken
  What lips cannot impart;
And the silence is but broken
  By the throbbing of the heart.        20
 
The evening sky in glory
  Lights the massy, rifted wall,
And, with many a wondrous story,
  Fancy paints the waterfall:
 
Of the savage freely roving        25
  In a scene as wild as he;
Of the Indian maiden loving
  With a spirit full of glee.
*        *        *        *        *
Yet—though Indian maid and lover
  Have forever passed away—        30
We may dream their visions over,
  And may love as well as they!
 
On the borders of the river,
  We may whisper ere we part,
Songs—whose music clings forever        35
  Round the memories of the heart.
 
We may catch an inspiration
  From dark river, rock, and fall,
And a higher adoration
  For the Spirit over all!        40
 
 
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