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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Germany: Vols. XVII–XVIII.  1876–79.
 
Black Forest, the (Schwarz-Wald)
On the Danube near Its Source
James Cochrane
 
AS one who gazes on a child whose look
Betokens promise, and whose bright career
Is seen without or augury or seer,
Even so I gaze upon this little brook,
Wimpling away from its sequestered nook;        5
And view the river as he rolls along,
Through lands embalmed in history and song;
Where peaceful now the reaper plies his hook.
I see the hero Sobieski come,
To quell the host that threatened Christendom:        10
The Roman and the Greek methinks I see;
The fiery Hun, the Dacian, vainly bold;
The barbarous Cossack and fierce Osmanli:
Yes, for it is the Danube I behold!
 
 
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