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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV.  1876–79.
 
Rotha, the River
The Rotha
Robert Southey (1774–1843)
 
(From Lines Written in the Album of Rotha Q.)

LOVELIER river is there none
Underneath an English sun;
From its source it issues bright
Upon hoar Helvellyn’s height,
Flowing where its summer voice        5
Makes the mountain herds rejoice;
Down the dale it issues then,
Not polluted there by men;
While its lucid waters take
Their pastoral course from lake to lake,        10
Please the eye in every part,
Lull the ear, and soothe the heart,
Till into Windermere sedate
They flow and uncontaminate.
 
 
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