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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
America: Vols. XXV–XXIX.  1876–79.
 
Western States: Mississippi, the River
On the Bluff
John Hay (1838–1905)
 
O GRANDLY flowing river!
O silver-gliding river!
Thy springing willows shiver
  In the sunset as of old;
They shiver in the silence        5
Of the willow-whitened islands,
While the sun-bars and the sand-bars
  Fill air and wave with gold.
 
O gay, oblivious river!
O sunset-kindled river!        10
Do you remember ever
  The eyes and skies so blue
On a summer day that shone here,
When we were all alone here,
And the blue eyes were too wise        15
  To speak the love they knew?
 
O stern impassive river!
O still unanswering river!
The shivering willows quiver
  As the night-winds moan and rave.        20
From the past a voice is calling,
From heaven a star is falling,
And dew swells in the bluebells
  Above her hillside grave.
 
 
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