Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
America: Vols. XXV–XXIX. 1876–79.

New England: Casco Bay, Me.

Casco Bay

By John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892)

(From The Ranger)

NOWHERE fairer, sweeter, rarer,

Does the golden-looked fruit-bearer

Through his painted woodlands stray,

Than where hillside oaks and beeches

Overlook the long, blue reaches,

Silver coves and pebbled beaches,

And green isles of Casco Bay;

Nowhere day, for delay,

With a tenderer look beseeches,

“Let me with my charmed earth stay.”

On the grainlands of the mainlands

Stands the serried corn like train-bands,

Plume and pennon rustling gay;

Out at sea, the islands wooded,

Silver birches, golden-hooded,

Set with maples, crimson-blooded,

White sea-foam and sand-hills gray,

Stretch away, far away.

Dim and dreamy, over-brooded

By the hazy autumn day.

Gayly chattering to the clattering

Of the brown nuts downward pattering,

Leap the squirrels, red and gray.

On the grass-land, on the fallow,

Drop the apples, red and yellow;

Drop the russet pears and mellow,

Drop the red leaves all the day,

And away, swift away,

Sun and cloud, o’er hill and hollow

Chasing, weave their web of play.