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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
America: Vols. XXV–XXIX.  1876–79.
 
Middle States: Niagara, the River
Niagara Falls
Lord Morpeth (1802–1864)
 
THERE ’s nothing great or bright, thou glorious Fall!
Thou mayest not to the fancy’s sense recall.
The thunder-riven cloud, the lightning’s leap,
The stirring of the chambers of the deep;
Earth’s emerald green, and many tinted dyes.        5
The fleecy whiteness of the upper skies;
The tread of armies thickening as they come,
The boom of cannon and the beat of drum;
The brow of beauty and the form of grace,
The passion and the prowess of our race;        10
The song of Homer in its loftiest hour,
The unresisted sweep of human power;
Britannia’s trident on the azure sea,
America’s young shout of Liberty!
Oh! may the waves which madden in thy deep        15
There spend their rage nor climb the encircling steep;
And till the conflict of thy surges cease
The nations on thy banks repose in peace.
 
 
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