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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
America: Vols. XXV–XXIX.  1876–79.
Southern States: Kekoughton, the River, Va.
Sunset on the Kekoughton River
James Barron Hope (1829–1887)
SEE the scattered clouds of evening,—
  Lattice bars across the blue,—
Where the moon in pallid beauty
  Like an angel gazes through!
Over all the winding river,        5
  By the fading sunset kissed,
Slowly rises up the vapor
  In a cloud of ghostly mist.
While the eve is slowly turning
  Its last grains of golden sand,        10
What a holy quiet hovers
  Over all the drowsy land!
There is now the spell of silence,
  Of a silence calm and deep,
Over all the placid waters        15
  Where the pale mist seems asleep.
And the vessels, slowly gliding
  Down the river to the bay,
Show on spreading sheets of canvas
  Tints that change from red to gray.        20
All is quiet, save the murmur
  Of the tide upon the bar:
See each little breaker playing
  With the image of a star!
And ’t is thus that human creatures,        25
  Bowed with age, or fresh in youth,
Give back brokenly the image
  Of each grand, celestial truth.
Now the brooding silence deepens,
  And the scene is one of rest,        30
As the wrecked day drifts down grandly
  To be stranded in the West,
On yon rugged coast of Cloudland
  High above the village spire,
On its mighty, purple headlands        35
  And its crags all tipped with fire.

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