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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV.  1876–79.
Wales: Clwyd, the River
The River Clwyd
Michael Drayton (1563–1631)
From “Poly-Olbion”

DEAR Cluyd, the abundant sweets that from thy bosom flow,
When with my active wings into the air I throw,
Those hills whose hoary heads seem in the clouds to dwell,
Of aged become young, enamored with the smell
Of the odoriferous flowers in thy most precious lap;        5
Within whose velvet leaves, when I myself enwrap,
They suffocate with scents; that (from my native kind)
I seem some slow perfume, and not the swiftest wind
With joy, my Dyffren Cluyd, I see thee bravely spread,
Surveying every part, from foot up to thy head;        10
Thy full and youthful breasts, which in their meadowy pride
Are branched with rivery veins, meander-like that glide.

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