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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Americas: Vol. XXX.  1876–79.
 
West Indies: Cuba, the Island
Cuba
Epes Sargent (1813–1880)
 
WHAT sounds arouse me from my slumbers light?
“Land ho! all hands, ahoy!”—I ’m on the deck:
’T is early dawn: the day-star yet is bright;
A few white vapory bars the zenith fleck;
And lo! along the horizon, bold and high,        5
The purple hills of Cuba! Hail, all hail!
Isle of undying verdure, with thy sky
Of purest azure! Welcome, odorous gale!
O scene of life and joy! thou art arrayed
In hues of unimagined loveliness.        10
Sing louder, brave old mariner! and aid
My swelling heart its rapture to express;
For, from enchanted memory, nevermore
Shall fade this dawn sublime, this fair, resplendent shore.
 
 
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