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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume V. Nature.  1904.
 
IV. Inland Waters: Highlands
The Snows
Charles Sangster (1822–1893)
 
    OVER the Snows 1
    Buoyantly goes
The lumberers’ bark canoe:
    Lightly they sweep,
    Wilder each leap,        5
Rending the white-caps through.
    Away! Away!
With the speed of a startled deer,
    While the steersman true
    And his laughing crew        10
Sing of their wild career:
 
    “Mariners glide
    Far o’er the tide
In ships that are stanch and strong:
    Safely as they        15
    Speed we away,
Waking the woods with song.”
    Away! Away!
With the speed of a startled deer,
    While the laughing crew        20
    Of the swift canoe
Sing of the raftsmen’s cheer:
 
    “Through forest and brake,
    O’er rapid and lake,
We ’re sport for the sun and rain;        25
    Free as the child
    Of the Arab wild,
Hardened to toil and pain.
    Away! Away!
With the speed of a startled deer,        30
    While our buoyant flight
    And the rapid’s might
Heighten our swift career.”
 
    Over the Snows
    Buoyantly goes        35
The lumberers’ bark canoe:
    Lightly they sweep,
    Wilder each leap,
Tearing the white-caps through.
    Away! Away!        40
With the speed of a startled deer,
    There ’s a fearless crew
    In each light canoe
To sing of the raftsmen’s cheer.
 
Note 1. The name given to a foaming rapid on the Upper Ottawa River, in Canada. [back]
 
 
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