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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
America: Vols. XXV–XXIX.  1876–79.
 
Middle States: Otsego, the Lake, N. Y.
Otsego Lake
Constance Fenimore Woolson (1840–1894)
 
O HAUNTED lake, from out whose silver fountains
  The mighty Susquehanna takes its rise;
O haunted lake, among the pine-clad mountains,
  Forever smiling upward to the skies,—
 
Thrice blest art thou in every curling wavelet,        5
  In every floating water-lily sweet,—
From the old Lion at thy northern boundary,
  To fair Mount Vision sleeping at thy feet.
 
A master’s hand hath painted all thy beauties;
  A master’s mind hath peopled all thy shore        10
With wraiths of mighty hunters and fair maidens,
  Haunting thy forest glades forevermore.
 
A master’s heart hath gilded all thy valley
  With golden splendor from a loving breast;
And in thy little churchyard, ’neath the pine-trees,        15
  A master’s body sleeps in quiet rest.
 
O haunted lake, guard well thy sacred story,—
  Guard well the memory of that honored name!
Guard well the grave that gives thee all thy glory
  And raises thee to long-enduring fame.        20
 
 
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