The Poetical Works Of Thomas Buchanan Read (volume 2); The New Pastoral

Paperback | January 11, 2012

byThomas Buchanan Read

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1881. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... BOOK FIRST. Fair Pennsylvania! than thy midland vales, Lying 'twixt hills of green, and bound afar By billowy mountains rolling in the blue, No lovelier landscape meets the traveller's eye. There Labour sows and reaps his sure reward, And Peace and Plenty walk amid the glow And perfume of full garners. I have seen In lands less free, less fair, but far more known, The streams which flow through history and wash The legendary shores -- and cleave in twain Old capitals and towns, dividing oft Great empires and estates of petty kings And princes, whose domains full many a field, Rustling with maize along our native West, Out-measures and might put to shame! and yet Nor Rhine, inebriate reeling through his hills, Nor mighty Danube, marred with tyranny, His dull waves moaning on Hungarian shores -- Nor rapid Po, his opaque waters pouring Athwart the fairest, fruitfullest, and worst Enslaved of European lands -- nor Seine, Winding uncertain through inconstant Prance -- Is half so fair as thy broad stream whose breast Is gemmed with many isles, and whose proud name Shall yet become among the names of rivers A synonym of beauty--Susquehanna! But where, fair land, thy smaller streams invite With music among plenteous farms, I turn, As to a parent's fond embrace, and lay, Well pleased, my way-worn mantle by, and shed, With grateful heart, from off my weary feet The white dust gathered in the world's highway. Here my young muse first learned to love and dream -- To love the simplest blossom by the road -- To dream such dreams as will not come again. And for one hour of that unlettered time -- One hour of that wild music in the heart, When Fancy, like the swallow's aimless wing, Flitted eccentric through all moods of nature -- I would exchange, thrice told, this weary day. ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1881. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... BOOK FIRST. Fair Pennsylvania! than thy midland vales, Lying 'twixt hills of green, and bound afar By billowy mountains rolling in th...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:82 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:January 11, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021736473X

ISBN - 13:9780217364737

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