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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Americas: Vol. XXX.  1876–79.
British America: St. Lawrence (Cadaraqui), the River
Lake of the Thousand Islands
Charles Sangster (1822–1893)
HERE Nature holds her carnival of Isles,
  Steeped in warm sunset all the merry day,
Each nodding tree and floating greenwood smiles,
  And moss-crowned monsters move in grim array;
All night the fisher spears his finny prey,        5
  The piny flambeaux reddening the deep
By the dim shore, or up some mimic bay
  Like grotesque bandits as they boldly sweep
  Upon the startled prey, and stab them while they sleep.
And many a tale of legendary lore        10
  Is told of these romantic Isles. The feet
Of the red man impressed each wave-zoned shore,
  And many an eye of beauty oft did greet
The painted warriors and their birchen fleet,
  As they returned with trophies of the slain.        15
That race hath passed away: their fair retreat
  In its primeval loneness smiles again,
  Save where some vessel breaks the isle-enwoven chain;
Save where the echo of the huntsman’s gun
  Startles the wild duck from some shallow nook,        20
Or the swift hounds’ deep baying as they run
  Rouses the lounging student from his book;
Or where, assembled by some sedgy brook,
  A picnic party, resting in the shade,
Springs forward hastily to catch a look        25
  At the strong steamer, through the watery glade
  Ploughing like a huge serpent from its ambuscade.

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