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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
France: Vols. IX–X.  1876–79.
 
Introductory
France
Charles d’Orleans (1394–1465)
 
Translated by Louisa Stuart Costello

I STOOD upon the wild sea-shore,
  And marked the wide expanse;
My straining eyes were turned once more
  To long-loved, distant France:
I saw the sea-bird hurry by        5
  Along the waters blue;
I saw her wheel amid the sky,
And mock my tearful, eager eye,
  That would her flight pursue.
 
Onward she darts, secure and free,        10
And wings her rapid course to thee!
O that her wing were mine, to soar,
And reach thy lovely land once more!
O Heaven! it were enough to die
  In my own, my native home,—        15
One hour of blessed liberty
  Were worth whole years to come!
 
 
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