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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
America: Vols. XXV–XXIX.  1876–79.
Introductory to Western States
Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809–1894)
The Minnesota Water-shed

      BEHOLD the rocky wall
      That down its sloping sides
Pours the swift rain-drops, blending, as they fall,
      In rushing river-tides!
      Yon stream, whose sources run        5
      Turned by a pebble’s edge,
Is Athabasca, rolling toward the sun
      Through the cleft mountain-ledge.
      The slender rill had strayed,
      But for the slanting stone,        10
To evening’s ocean, with the tangled braid
      Of foam-flecked Oregon.
      So from the heights of Will
      Life’s parting stream descends,
And, as a moment turns its slender rill,        15
      Each widening torrent bends,—
      From the same cradle’s side,
      From the same mother’s knee,—
One to long darkness and the frozen tide,
      One to the Peaceful Sea!        20

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