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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
America: Vols. XXV–XXIX.  1876–79.
 
Southern States: Tallulah (Terrora), the River, Ga.
The River Tallulah
William J. Grayson (1788–1863)
 
(From Chicora)

BEYOND Tallulah’s giant den,
  A mountain rent by Nature’s throes,
Where, roaring down the rocky glen,
  The stormy torrent falls or flows;
Its waters now a quiet stream,        5
  Now plunging from the giddy steep,
Down rapids now they foam and gleam,
  In gloomy pools unfathomed sleep;
From the rent rock you gaze below,
  The heart with awe and terror stirred,        10
You hardly see the torrent flow,
  Its fearful voice is faintly heard;
Half down, the hovering crow appears
  A moving speck; from rifted beams
Of granite grown, the pine, that rears        15
  Its towering trunk, a sapling seems.
 
Turn from the din; a calmer scene,
  More soft and still, invites your sight;
Beneath your feet, a sea of green
  Fills the charmed heart with new delight;        20
Down from the mountain top you gaze;
Far, deep below, the verdant maze
  Of forest still unbroken lies;
And farther yet, a line of blue
Catches at last the gazer’s view,        25
  The ocean seems to meet his eyes;
With ecstasy beyond control
  He sees, while Fancy’s magic power
  With witching influence rules the hour,
The surges break, the billows roll.
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