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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
America: Vols. XXV–XXIX.  1876–79.
 
New England: Beverly, Mass.
Beverly Shore in Winter
Thomas Gold Appleton (1812–1884)
 
    THE BITTERN hies,
    In lazy flight,
    Where star-shine lies
    O’er moorlands white,
And shakes new fear from ghostly night.        5
 
    The reeds hang stiff
    By many a stream,
    The sailing skiff
    Sails like a dream,
And prayers go up beneath the gleam.        10
 
    Rude falls the wave
    On shingle cold,
    And foam-beads lave
    The forests old,
And break and die on their dark mould.        15
 
    In pools like stone,
    So still and bright,
    The stork alone,
    As an anchorite,
Tells to himself his dreary rite.        20
 
    No cloud is strewn
    O’er the frozen sky;
    To a spirit tune
    Their lullaby
The oaks around chant dismally.        25
 
    Not a living man
    Moves on the moor;
    No soul that can
    Opes now the door,
But silent fear haunts the wild shore.        30
 
    Bad spirits sail
    On the cloudy rack,
    The dark turns pale
    In their blasting track,
Where they touch the frost is sooty black.        35
 
    The marsh grass thin
    Shivers in fear,
    Thistle-downs spin
    From the thistle sere,
And shadows race o’er the levels drear.        40
 
    Like silver shines
    Each sea-shell worn.
    The ridged sand-lines
    By surges torn
Seem faery ramparts left and lorn.        45
 
    A star down drops
    From the sea on high,
    Past the forest tops
    To the lower sky,
Like a tear from a suffering angel’s eye.        50
 
    Icicles hoar
    Split and descend;
    On the freezing shore
    The frost kings rend
Their sheeny jewelry evermore.        55
 
 
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