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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.
 
Belgium: Meuse, the River
Between Namur and Liége
William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
WHAT lovelier home could gentle fancy choose?
Is this the stream whose cities, heights, and plains,
War’s favorite playground, are with crimson stains
Familiar as the morn with pearly dews?
The morn, that now, along the silver Meuse,        5
Spreading her peaceful ensigns, calls the swains
To tend their silent boats and ringing wains,
Or strip the bough whose mellow fruit bestrews
The ripening corn beneath it. As mine eyes
Turn from the fortified and threatening hill,        10
How sweet the prospect of yon watery glade,
With its gray rocks clustering in pensive shade,
That, shaped like old monastic turrets, rise
From the smooth meadow-ground, serene and still!
 
 
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