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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882). Complete Poetical Works. 1893.


I. Juvenile Poems. Lover’s Rock

  • They showed us, near the outlet of Sebago, the Lover’s Rock, from which an Indian maid threw herself down into the lake, when the guests were coming together to the marriage festival of her false-hearted lover.”—Leaf from a Traveller’s Journal.

  • THERE is a love that cannot die!—

    And some their doom have met

    Heart-broken—and gone as stars go by,

    That rise, and burn, and set.

    Their days were in Spring’s fallen leaf—

    Tender—and young—and bright—and brief.

    There is a love that cannot die!—

    Aye—it survives the grave;

    When life goes out with many a sigh,

    And earth takes what it gave,

    Its light is on the home of those

    That heed not when the cold wind blows.

    With us there are sad records left

    Of life’s declining day:

    How true hearts here were broken and cleft,

    And how they passed away.

    And yon dark rock that swells above

    Its blue lake—has a tale of love.

    ’T is of an Indian maid, whose fate

    Was saddened by the burst

    Of passion, that made desolate

    The heart it filled at first.

    Her lover was false-hearted,—yet

    Her love she never could forget.

    It was a summer-day, and bright

    The sun was going down:

    The wave lay blushing in rich light

    Beneath the dark rock’s frown,

    And under the green maple’s shade

    Her lover’s bridal feast was made.

    She stood upon the rocky steep,

    Grief had her heart unstrung,

    And far across the lake’s blue sweep

    Was heard the dirge she sung.

    It ceased—and in the deep cold wave

    The Indian Girl has made her grave.