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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Americas: Vol. XXX.  1876–79.
 
British America: St. Lawrence (Cadaraqui), the River
Cadaraqui
Thomas Moore (1779–1852)
 
(From To the Lady Charlotte R—wd—n)

I DREAMED not then that, ere the rolling year
Had filled its circle, I should wander here
In musing awe; should tread this wondrous world,
See all its store of inland waters hurled
In one vast volume down Niagara’s steep,        5
Or calm behold them, in transparent sleep,
Where the blue hills of old Toronto shed
Their evening shadows o’er Ontario’s bed;
Should trace the grand Cadaraqui, and glide
Down the white rapids of his lordly tide        10
Through massy woods, mid islets flowering fair,
And blooming glades, where the first sinful pair
For consolation might have weeping trod,
When banished from the garden of their God.
O Lady! these are miracles, which man,        15
Caged in the bounds of Europe’s pygmy span,
Can scarcely dream of,—which his eye must see
To know how wonderful this world can be!
 
  But lo! the last tints of the west decline,
And night falls dewy o’er these banks of pine.        20
Among the reeds, in which our idle boat
Is rocked to rest, the wind’s complaining note
Dies like a half-breathed whispering of flutes;
Along the wave the gleaming porpoise shoots,
And I can trace him, like a watery star,        25
Down the steep current, till he fades afar
Amid the foaming breakers’ silvery light,
Where yon rough rapids sparkle through the night.
 
 
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