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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
America: Vols. XXV–XXIX.  1876–79.
 
Middle States: Mahopac, the Lake, N. Y.
Lake Mahopac
Caroline M. Sawyer (1812–1894)
 
(Excerpt)

LAKE of the soft and sunny hills,
  What loveliness is thine!
Around thy fair, romantic shore
  What countless beauties shine!
Shrined in their deep and hollow urn,        5
  Thy silver waters lie,—
A mirror set in waving gems
  Of many a regal dye.
 
Like angel faces in a dream,
  Bright isles upon thy breast,        10
Veiled in soft robes of hazy light,
  In such sweet silence rest,
The rustle of a bird’s light wing,
  The shiver of the trees,
The chime of waves, are all the sounds        15
  That freight the summer breeze.
 
Oh, beautiful it is along
  Thy silver wave to glide,
And watch the ripples as they kiss
  Our tiny vessel’s side;        20
While ever round the dipping oar
  White curls the feathery spray,
Or from its bright suspended point
  Drips tinklingly away.
 
And pleasant to the heart it is        25
  In those fair isles to stray,
Or Fancy’s idle visions weave
  Through all the golden day,
Where dark old trees, around whose stems
  Caressing woodbines cling,        30
O’er mossy, flower-enamelled banks,
  Their trembling shadows fling.
 
Oh, he who in his daily paths
  A weary spirit bears,
Here in these peaceful solitudes        35
  May he lay down his cares:
No echo from the restless world
  Shall his repose invade,
Where the spectres of the haunted heart
  By Nature’s self are laid.
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