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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
America: Vols. XXV–XXIX.  1876–79.
 
Western States: Prairies, The
The Prairie
John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892)
 
(From The Panorama)

BEYOND, the prairie’s sea-like swells surpass
The Tartar’s marvels of his Land of Grass,
Vast as the sky against whose sunset shores
Wave after wave the billowy greenness pours;
And, onward still, like islands in that main        5
Loom the rough peaks of many a mountain chain,
Whence east and west a thousand waters run
From winter lingering under summer’s sun.
And, still beyond, long lines of foam and sand
Tell where Pacific rolls his waves aland,        10
From many a wide-lapped port and land-locked bay,
Opening with thunderous pomp the world’s highway
To Indian isles of spice, and marts of far Cathay.
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