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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
The Seer
By John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892)
 
I HEAR the far-off voyager’s horn,
  I see the Yankee’s trail;
His foot on every mountain pass,
  On every stream his sail.
 
He’s whittling round St. Mary’s Falls,        5
  Upon his loaded wain;
He’s leaving on the pictured rocks
  His fresh tobacco stain.
 
I hear the mattock in the mine,
  The axe-stroke in the dell,        10
The clamor from the Indian lodge,
  The Jesuit’s chapel bell.
 
I see the swarthy trappers come
  From Mississippi’s springs;
The war-chiefs with their painted bows,        15
  And crest of eagle wings.
 
Behind the scared squaw’s birch canoe
  The steamer smokes and raves;
And city lots are staked for sale
  Above old Indian graves.        20
 
By forest, lake, and waterfall,
  I see the peddler’s show,—
The mighty mingling with the mean,
  The lofty with the low.
 
I hear the tread of pioneers        25
  Of nations yet to be;
The first low wash of waves that soon
  Shall roll a human sea.
 
The rudiments of empire here
  Are plastic yet and warm;        30
The chaos of a mighty world
  Is rounding into form.
 
Each rude and jostling fragment soon
  Its fitting place shall find—
The raw material of a State,        35
  Its music and its mind.
 
And, westering still, the star which leads
  The New World in its train,
Has tipped with fire the icy spears
  Of many a mountain chain.        40
 
The snowy cones of Oregon
  Are kindled on its way;
And California’s golden sands
  Gleam brighter in its ray.
 
 
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