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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Spain, Portugal, Belgium, and Holland: Vols. XIV–XV.  1876–79.
Portugal: Tagus (Tejo), the River
The Tagus
Belchior Manoel Curvo Semedo (1766–1838)
Translated by W. C. Bryant

IT is a fearful night; a feeble glare
Streams from the sick moon in the o’erclouded sky;
The ridgy billows, with a mighty cry,
Rush on the foamy beaches wild and bare;
No bark the madness of the waves will dare;        5
The sailors sleep; the winds are loud and high:
Ah, peerless Laura! for whose love I die,
Who gazes on thy smiles while I despair?
As thus, in bitterness of heart, I cried,
I turned, and saw my Laura, kind and bright,        10
A messenger of gladness, at my side;
To my poor bark she sprang with footstep light;
And as we furrowed Tejo’s heaving tide,
I never saw so beautiful a night.

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