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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Africa: Vol. XXIV. 1876–79.

Egypt, Nubia, and Abyssinia: Nile, the River

Moses on the Nile

By James Grahame (1765–1811)

SLOW glides the Nile; amid the margin-flags

Closed in a bulrush-ark the babe is left,—

Left by a mother’s hand. His sister waits

Far off; and pale, ’tween hope and fear, beholds

The royal maid, surrounded by her train,

Approach the river-bank; approach the spot

Where sleeps the innocent. She sees them stoop

With meeting plumes: the rushy lid is oped,

And wakes the infant, smiling in his tears,—

As when along a little mountain lake

The summer south-wind breathes a gentle sigh,

And parts the reeds, unveiling, as they bend,

A water-lily floating on the wave.