Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Spain, Portugal, Belgium, and Holland: Vols. XIV–XV. 1876–79.

Introductory to Holland


By James Thomson (1834–1882)

(From Winter)

WHERE the Rhine

Branched out in many a long canal extends,

From every province swarming, void of care,

Batavia rushes forth; and as they sweep,

On sounding skates, a thousand different ways,

In circling poise, swift as the winds, along,

The then gay land is maddened all to joy.