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


Dean-Bourn, a Rude River in Devon

By Robert Herrick (1591–1674)

DEAN-BOURN, farewell; I never look to see

Deane, or thy warty incivility.

Thy rockie bottome, that doth teare thy streams,

And makes them frantick, ev’n to all extreames,

To my content, I never sho’d behold,

Were thy streams silver, or thy rocks all gold.

Rockie thou art; and rockie we discover

Thy men; and rockie are thy wayes all over.

O men, O manners! now, and ever knowne

To be a rockie generation!

A people currish, churlish as the seas,

And rude, almost, as rudest salvages;

With whom I did, and may re-sojourne when

Rockes turn to rivers, rivers turn to men.