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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
America: Vols. XXV–XXIX.  1876–79.
 
Middle States: Racket (Raquette), the River, N. Y.
Down the Racket
Alfred Billings Street (1811–1881)
 
DOWN the winding woodland river,
  Oh, how swift we glide!
Every tree and bush and blossom
  Mirrored in the tide;
Bright and blue the heaven above us        5
  As—whose azure eye!
Soft and sweet the wandering breezes
  As—whose gentle sigh!
White the cloudlet wreathing o’er us
  As her spotless brow!        10
Oh, what king was e’er so joyous
  As we roamers now!
    Ho, ho, we merrily go
    Down the winding, sparkling flow!
      Down so cheerily,        15
      Never wearily,
    Ho, ho, we merrily go
    Down to the lovely lake below!
 
Mark the crane wide winnowing from us!
  Off the otter swims!        20
Round her fortress sails the fish-hawk;
  Down the wood-duck skims!
Glitters rich the golden lily,
  Glows the Indian Plume,
On yon point a deer is drinking,        25
  Back he shrinks in gloom;
Now the little sparkling rapid!
  Now the fairy cove!
Here, the sunlight-mantled meadow!
  There, the sprinkled grove!        30
    Ho, ho, we merrily go
    Down the winding, glittering flow!
      Down so cheerily!
      Never wearily!
    Ho, ho, we merrily go        35
    Down to the lovely lake below!
 
 
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