Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes. America: Vols. XXVXXIX. 187679.
Southern States: Brandon, Va.
The Window-panes at Brandon
John R. Thompson (18231873)
Upon the window-panes at Brandon, on James River, are inscribed the names, cut with a diamond, of many of those who have composed the Christmas and May parties of that hospitable mansion in years gone by.
AS within the old mansion the holiday throng reassembles in beauty and grace,
And some eye looking out of the window, by chance, these memorial records may trace,
How the past, like a swift-coming haze from the sea, in an instant, surrounds us once more,
While the shadowy figures of those we have loved, all distinctly are seen on the shore!
Through the vista of years, stretching dimly away, we but look, and a vision behold,