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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Germany: Vols. XVII–XVIII.  1876–79.
Rhine, the River
Song of the Rhine
From the German
Translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

FORTH rolled the Rhine-stream strong and deep
Beneath Helvetia’s Alpine steep,
And joined in youthful company
Its fellow-travellers to the sea.
In Germany embraced the Rhine,        5
The Neckar, the Mosel, the Lahu, and the Main,
And strengthened by each rushing tide,
Onward he marched in kingly pride.
But soon from his enfeebled grasp
  The satraps of his power,        10
The current’s flowing veins unclasp,—
  He moves in pride no more.
Forth the confederate waters broke
  On that rebellious day,
And, bursting from their monarch’s yoke,        15
  Each chose a separate way.
Wahl, Issel, Leck, and Wecht, all, all
  Flowed sidewards o’er the land,
And a nameless brook, by Leyden’s wall,
  The Rhine sank in the sand.        20

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