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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Spain, Portugal, Belgium, and Holland: Vols. XIV–XV.  1876–79.
 
Spain: Rio Verde
The Rio Verde Song
Felicia Hemans (1793–1835)
 
FLOW, Rio Verde!
  In melody flow;
Win her that weepeth
  To slumber from woe;
Bid thy waves’ music        5
  Roll through her dreams,—
Grief ever loveth
  The kind voice of streams.
 
Bear her lone spirit
  Afar on the sound        10
Back to her childhood,
  Her life’s fairy ground;
Pass like the whisper
  Of love that is gone,—
Flow, Rio Verde!        15
  Softly flow on!
 
Dark glassy water
  So crimsoned of yore!
Love, death, and sorrow
  Know thy green shore.        20
Thou shouldst have echoes
  For grief’s deepest tone,—
Flow, Rio Verde!
  Softly flow on!
 
 
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