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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
America: Vols. XXV–XXIX.  1876–79.
 
New England: Lynn, Mass.
The Bells of Lynn
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882)
 
Heard at Nahant

O CURFEW of the setting sun! O Bells of Lynn!
O requiem of the dying day! O Bells of Lynn!
 
From the dark belfries of yon cloud-cathedral wafted,
Your sounds aerial seem to float, O Bells of Lynn!
 
Borne on the evening-wind across the crimson twilight,        5
O’er land and sea they rise and fall, O Bells of Lynn!
 
The fisherman in his boat, far out beyond the headland,
Listens, and leisurely rows ashore, O Bells of Lynn!
 
Over the shining sands the wandering cattle homeward
Follow each other at your call, O Bells of Lynn!        10
 
The distant lighthouse hears, and with his flaming signal
Answers you, passing the watchword on, O Bells of Lynn!
 
And down the darkening coast run the tumultuous surges,
And clap their hands, and shout to you, O Bells of Lynn!
 
Till from the shuddering sea, with your wild incantations,        15
Ye summon up the spectral moon, O Bells of Lynn!
 
And startled at the sight, like the weird woman of Endor,
Ye cry aloud, and then are still, O Bells of Lynn!
 
 
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