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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Russia: Vol. XX.  1876–79.
 
Nijni-Novgorod
Asia at Nijni-Novgorod
Edna Dean Proctor (1829–1923)
 
GIVE me a melon of Khiva,
  Luscious and round and yellow,—
It ’s mate for the Lord of China
  Hardly so fair and mellow,—
And place on the tray beside it,        5
  Worthy of sheikh or khan,
Peaches that grew in the gardens
  Of the golden Zerefshan.
 
And a cup of Flowery Pekoe,—
  Tea of the mandarins,—        10
Gathered in dewy morning,
  Just when the spring begins.
Keep for the peasant and Tartar
  The bowls of the dark Bohea
Plucked when the heats of summer        15
  With rank leaves load the tree.
 
Ah, what ravishing flavors!
  Not the wine of the Rhine,
Not of Tokay, nor the nectar
  Won from the Cyprian vine,        20
Nor Sicily’s oranges rarest,
  Nor sweetest figs of Dalmatia,
Rival the flowery Pekoe
  And the spicy melons of Asia!
 
 
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