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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Switzerland and Austria: Vol. XVI.  1876–79.
 
Austria: Tepl, the River, Bohemia
On the River Tepl
Rowland E. Egerton-Warburton (1804–1891)
 
FRIENDLESS I came, but friendless now no more;
Thy voice, sweet river, greets me, and I trace
A smile of welcome in thy sparkling face,
When early morn invites me to thy shore;
Thy sunlit waters to fresh life restore        5
The fragrant flowers that gild the mountain’s base;
Lulled by the rippling music of thy race,
With tranquil happiness my heart runs o’er.
The hues of heaven are mirrored in thy stream;
O, teach me so to live that hope sublime,        10
From Heaven reflected, on my path may beam!
Thy ceaseless current runs to reach the sea;
Teach me in wisdom to redeem the time,
Still hastening onward to Eternity.
 
 
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