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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
America: Vols. XXV–XXIX.  1876–79.
 
Middle States: Hudson, the River, N. Y.
To the Hudson
Elizabeth Oakes-Smith (1806–1893)
 
O RIVER! gently as a wayward child
I saw thee mid the moonlight hills at rest;
Capricious thing, with thine own beauty wild,
How didst thou still the throbbings of thy breast!
Rude headlands were about thee, stooping round,        5
As if amid the hills to hold thy stay;
But thou didst hear the far-off ocean sound
Inviting thee from hill and vale away,
To mingle thy deep waters with its own;
And, at that voice, thy steps did onward glide,        10
Onward from echoing hill and valley lone.
Like thine, oh, be my course,—nor turned aside,
While listing to the soundings of a land,
That like the ocean call invites me to its strand.
 
 
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