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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Russia: Vol. XX.  1876–79.
Volga, the River
The Volga
Edna Dean Proctor (1829–1923)
AND still we kept the Volga’s tide,
  The Volga rolling gray and wide;
While the gulls of the Caspian over it flew,
  A flash of silver and jet in the sun,
And, chill though the blast from the Oural blew,        5
  Circled and hovered till day was done.
Faint, in the lulls of the wind, from shore
  Came the lowing of herds that roved the plain;
And the bells rang over the water’s roar
  Calling the hamlet to holy fane.        10
And slowly the fishers of Astrakhan
  Stemmed the current with laden keel;
While the barges the Kama peasants man,
And the barks of the Oka past them ran,
  Heaped with iron and wheat and steel;        15
And as far as the wind could wander free,
  On either side was the grassy sea.

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