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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882).  Complete Poetical Works.  1893.
 
Birds of Passage
Flight the Fifth.
To the River Yvette
 
O LOVELY river of Yvette!
  O darling river! like a bride,
Some dimpled, bashful, fair Lisette,
  Thou goest to wed the Orge’s tide.
 
Maincourt, and lordly Dampierre,        5
  See and salute thee on thy way,
And, with a blessing and a prayer,
  Ring the sweet bells of St. Forget.
 
The valley of Chevreuse in vain
  Would hold thee in its fond embrace;        10
Thou glidest from its arms again
  And hurriest on with swifter pace.
 
Thou wilt not stay; with restless feet,
  Pursuing still thine onward flight,
Thou goest as one in haste to meet        15
  Her sole desire, her heart’s delight.
 
O lovely river of Yvette!
  O darling stream! on balanced wings
The wood-birds sang the chansonnette
  That here a wandering poet sings.        20
 
 
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