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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
France: Vols. IX–X.  1876–79.
 
St. Cloud
St. Cloud
Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832)
 
SOFT spread the southern summer night
  Her veil of darksome blue;
Ten thousand stars combined to light
  The terrace of St. Cloud.
 
The evening breezes gently sighed,        5
  Like breath of lover true,
Bewailing the deserted pride
  And wreck of sweet St. Cloud.
 
The drum’s deep roll was heard afar,
  The bugle wildly blew        10
Good-night to Hulan and Hussar,
  That garrison St. Cloud.
 
The startled Naiads from the shade
  With broken urns withdrew,
And silenced was that proud cascade,        15
  The glory of St. Cloud.
 
We sat upon its steps of stone,
  Nor could its silence rue,
When waked, to music of our own,
  The echoes of St. Cloud.        20
 
Slow Seine might hear each lovely note
  Fall light as summer dew,
While through the moonless air they float
  Prolonged from far St. Cloud.
 
And sure a melody more sweet        25
  His waters never knew,
Though music’s self was wont to meet
  With princes at St. Cloud.
 
Nor then, with more delighted ear,
  The circle round her drew,        30
Than ours, when gathered round to hear
  Our songstress at St. Cloud.
 
Few happy hours poor mortals pass,
  Then give those hours their due,
And rank among the foremost class        35
  Our evenings at St. Cloud.
 
 
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