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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Germany: Vols. XVII–XVIII.  1876–79.
Heidelberg, on the Terrace
Walter Herries Pollock (1850–1926)
WE stood upon the castle’s height,
  So full of old romances;
The moon above shone clear and bright,
  And silvered all our fancies.
The Neckar murmured in its flow,        5
  The woods with dew were weeping,
And, lighting up the depths below,
  The quiet town seemed sleeping.
The battlements rose grim and still
  In majesty before us,        10
And floating faintly up the hill
  We heard a students’ chorus.
Inspired by the brimming cup,
  Their words were wildly ringing;
They sang of love,—and I took up        15
  The burden of their singing.
I spoke to you: in sweet surprise
  A little while you hovered;
Then in the depths of those gray eyes
  Your answer I discovered.        20
We vowed that while the Neckar’s flow
  (How low the words were spoken!)
Ran undisturbed these towers below,
  Our troth should rest unbroken.
Again beneath these walls I stand,        25
  And here my footsteps linger,
Where once I pressed with loving hand
  This token on your finger.
But now the well-loved view I see
  Its old enchantment misses;        30
The evening breeze sighs back to me
  The shadows of our kisses;
Untired still the Neckar flows
  In the soft summer weather;
But last year’s leaves and last year’s vows        35
  Have flown away together.

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