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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
America: Vols. XXV–XXIX.  1876–79.
 
Western States: St. Louis, Mo.
Up the River-side
Frank Foy
 
A SABBATH hush pervades the summer day,
As seated here beside the shining sands,
I gaze on once again the arid lands,
That weed-besprinkled westward stretch away;
The waves that wash the beach about me lay        5
Smooth mirrors in their track, and vast expands
The stream’s majestic breast, to where up-stands
Fair Venice in her groves beside her bay.
And so serenely on the sands of gold
I lie and listen to the beat of wave        10
And boom of wind, and watch the river-gleams;
Then seas of slumber are about me rolled,
And as within their waters deep I lave,
The scene before me fades and floats away in dreams.
 
 
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