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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Russia: Vol. XX.  1876–79.
Moskva, the River
A Country Church
James Gates Percival (1795–1856)
NEAR Moskva’s stream, through heath and forest gliding,
Deep in a river-vale, by meadow green,
Embowered in beech, a lonely church is seen,
Like timid fawn in dewy thicket hiding.
Above its roof a German crosslet, shining,        5
Points to the pious serf his heavenward way;
Around it spreads, bestrewn with blossoms gay,
The field, where wearied hearts are safe reclining.
O’er swelling graves, the bounding rabbit plays;
All breathes of peace and gentleness around;        10
Light steals the maiden by; subdued each sound;
Even fainter glances there the evening blaze;
There, nestling side by side, at twilight’s close
Soft coo the billing doves, and then repose.

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