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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Germany: Vols. XVII–XVIII.  1876–79.
 
Isar (Iser), the River
To a Bavarian Girl
Bayard Taylor (1825–1878)
 
THOU, Bavaria’s brown-eyed daughter,
        Art a shape of joy,
Standing by the Isar’s water
        With thy brother-boy;
In thy dream, with idle fingers        5
        Threading through his curls,
On thy cheek the sun’s kiss lingers,
        Rosiest of girls!
 
Woods of glossy oak are ringing
        With the echoes bland,        10
While thy generous voice is singing
        Songs of Fatherland,—
Songs, that by the Danube’s river
        Sound on hills of vine,
And where waves in green light quiver,        15
        Down the rushing Rhine.
 
Life, with all its hues and changes,
        To thy heart doth lie
Like those dreamy Alpine ranges
        In the southern sky;        20
Where in haze the clefts are hidden,
        Which the foot should fear,
And the crags that fall unbidden
        Startle not the ear.
 
Where the village maidens gather        25
        At the fountain’s brim,
Or in sunny harvest-weather,
        With the reapers trim;
Where the autumn fires are burning
        On the vintage-hills;        30
Where the mossy wheels are turning
        In the ancient mills;
 
Where from ruined robber-towers
        Hangs the ivy’s hair,
And the crimson foxbell flowers        35
        On the crumbling stair;—
Everywhere, without thy presence,
        Would the sunshine fail,
Fairest of the maiden peasants!
        Flower of Isar’s vale!        40
 
 
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