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

Thames, the River

His Teares to Thamasis

By Robert Herrick (1591–1674)

I SEND, I send here my supremest kiss

To thee, my silver-footed Thamasis.

No more shall I reiterate thy strand,

Whereon so many stately structures stand:

Nor in the summer’s sweeter evenings go,

To bath in thee, as thousand others doe:

No more shall I a long thy christall glide,

In barge with boughes and rushes beautifi’d,

With soft-smooth virgins for our chast disport,

To Richmond, Kingstone, and to Hampton-Court:

Never againe shall I with finnie ore

Put from or draw unto the faithfull shore,

And landing here, or safely landing there,

Make way to my beloved Westminster,

Or to the golden Cheap-side, where the earth

Of Julia Herrick gave to me my birth.

May all clean nimphs and curious water dames

With swan-like state flote up and down thy streams:

No drought upon thy wanton waters fall

To make them leane, and languishing at all:

No ruffling winds come hither to discease

Thy pure and silver-wristed Naides.

Keep up your state, ye streams; and as ye spring,

Never make sick your banks by surfeiting.

Grow young with tydes, and though I see ye never,

Receive this vow, so fare ye well for ever.