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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Russia: Vol. XX.  1876–79.
Don, the River
The Don
Edna Dean Proctor (1829–1923)
O PLACID Don! I see thee flow
  With shallow, snowy-sanded stream,
While light the steppe-winds o’er thee blow,
  And cranes and gray-winged herons dream,—
Safe as beside some dark lagoon,—        5
Along thy banks in breezeless noon.
The Cossack wanders from thy shore,
  But never finds a wave so fair;
Thy summer lapse, thy winter roar,
  Still greet him in remotest air;        10
And death is sweet if he may lie,
With cross above, thy waters by.

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