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

Middle States: Niagara, the River

Goat Island

By Thomas Gold Appleton (1812–1884)

PEACE and perpetual quiet are around.

Upon the erect and dusky file of stems,

Sustaining yon far roof, expelling sound,

Through which the sky sparkles (a rain of gems

Lost in the forest’s depth of shade), the sun

At times doth shoot an arrow of pure gold,

Flecking majestic trunks with hues of dun,

Veining their barks with silver, and betraying

Secret initials tied in true love knots;

Of hearts no longer through green alleys straying,

But stifled in the world’s distasteful grots.

The silence is monastic, save in spots

Where heaves a glimmer of uncertain light,

And rich wild tones enchant the woodland night.