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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Americas: Vol. XXX.  1876–79.
British America: Elora, Canada
Alexander McLachlan (1820–1896)
O LOVELY Elora! thy valley and stream
Still dwell in my heart like a beautiful dream;
And everything peaceful and gentle I see
Brings back to my bosom some image of thee.
I ’ve roamed this Dominion allured by the beam        5
Of wild woodland beauty by valley and stream;
From lone Manitoulin all down to the sea;
But found not a spot, sweet Elora, like thee.
There ’s lone rocky grandeur away at the Sound,
And down the St. Lawrence wild beauties abound;        10
Quebec, towering proudly, looks down on the sea,
And lone Gananoque, there ’s beauty in thee;
And Barrie, the lady that sits by the lake,
Oh, would I could sing a sweet song for her sake!
But here in thy beauty a-listening the fall,        15
O lovely Elora! thou ’rt queen of them all.
If friends should forsake me, or fortune depart,
Or love fly and leave a great void in my heart,
Oh, then in my sorrow away I would flee
And hide from misfortune, Elora, in thee.        20
Away from the world, with its falsehood and pride,
In yon lowly cot where the smooth waters glide,
I ’d with Nature commune till death set me free,
And rest then forever, Elora, in thee.

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