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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
France: Vols. IX–X.  1876–79.
 
Yvette, the River
To the River Yvette
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882)
 
O LOVELY river of Yvette!
  O darling river! like a bride,
Some dimpled, bashful, fair Lisette,
  Thou goest to wed the Orge’s tide.
 
Maincourt and lordly Dampierre        5
  See and salute thee on thy way,
And with a blessing and a prayer
  Ring the sweet bells of St. Forget.
 
The valley of Chevreuse in vain
  Would hold thee in its fond embrace;        10
Thou glidest from its arms again
  And hurriest on with swifter pace.
 
Thou wilt not stay; with restless feet
  Pursuing still thine onward flight,
Thou goest as one in haste to meet        15
  Her sole desire, her heart’s delight.
 
O lovely river of Yvette!
  O darling stream! on balanced wings
Thy wood-birds sang the chansonnette
  That here an unknown poet sings.        20
 
 
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