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Samuel Kettell, ed.  Specimens of American Poetry.  1829.
The Lay of a Mountain Spirit
By James A. Jones (1791–1854)
I HEARD the Spirit of a Mountain
  Discoursing with a lowland Fay.
They sat beside a prattling fountain,
Just ere the cock proclaim’d the day.
  The Mountain Spirit bears a pine,        5
  Sere neighbor to an iron mine—
  His locks the rock-moss gray.
The little urchin shakes a vine,
Whereon the rich black clusters shine,
  And carols he a lay,        10
Which bids his mountain listeners note
The joys that o’er the valley float.

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