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Hamilton Fish Armstrong, ed.  The Book of New York Verse.  1917.
 
On the City Encroachments on the River Hudson, 1800 (abridged)
By Philip Freneau
 
WHERE Hudson, once, in all his pride
  In surges burst upon the shore
They plant amidst his flowing tide
  Moles to defy his loudest roar;
    And lofty mansions grow where late        5
    Half Europe might discharge her freight.
 
From northern lakes and wastes of snow
  The river takes a distant rise,
Now marches swift, now marches slow,
  And now adown some rapid flies        10
    Till join’d the Mohawk, in their course
    They travel with united force.
 
But cease, nor with too daring aim
  Encroach upon this giant flood;
No rights reserved by nature, claim,        15
  Nor on his ancient bed intrude:—
    The river may in rage awake
    And time restore him all you take.
 
 
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