Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Asia: Vols. XXI–XXIII. 1876–79.

India: Agra


By John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892)

(From Miriam)

AGRA slept,

By the long light of sunset overswept:

The river flowing through a level land,

By mango-groves and banks of yellow sand,

Skirted with lime and olive, gay kiosks,

Fountains at play, tall minarets of mosques,

Fair pleasure-gardens with their flowering trees

Relieved against the mournful cypresses;

And, air-poised, lightly as the blown sea-foam,

The marble wonder of some holy dome

Hung a white moonrise over the still wood,

Glassing its beauty in a stiller flood.