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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Germany: Vols. XVII–XVIII.  1876–79.
Rhine, the River
The Steamer on the Rhine
Henry Glassford Bell (1803–1874)
A Sketch

SOME sat in silence with a vacant air;
Some portly ladies slumbered here and there;
Five gentlemen drank beer; and other two
With greasy whiskers gobbled up a stew;
One read the “Times”; and one was on the rack        5
Because his trunk was left at Andernack;
The steward went about with cakes and ices,
And German sausages in dumpy slices;
Some pug-nosed dogs lay in some spinsters’ laps;
Some soldiers strutted in some odd-shaped caps;        10
Promiscuous groups, stretched listless ’neath the awning,
Were smoking, knitting, munching grapes, and yawning:
The breathing landscape swept in glory by,—
“When will they give us dinner?” was the cry;
Green summer smiled upon the vine-clad hills,—        15
The tourists counted up their little bills;
Old church, and older castle, lovely both,—
“Thank Heaven! at last they lay the tablecloth!”

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