Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV. 1876–79.



By Robert Southey (1774–1843)

AS thus I stand beside the murmuring stream,

And watch its current, Memory here portrays

Scenes faintly formed of half-forgotten days,

Like far-off woodlands by the moon’s bright beam

Dimly descried, but lovely. I have worn

Amid these haunts the heavy hours away,

When childhood idled through the sabbath day;

Risen to my tasks at winter’s earliest morn;

And, when the summer twilight darkened here,

Thinking of home, and all of heart forlorn,

Have sighed, and shed in secret many a tear.

Dreamlike and indistinct those days appear,

As the faint sounds of this low brooklet, borne

Upon the breeze, reach fitfully the ear.