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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Germany: Vols. XVII–XVIII. 1876–79.

Black Forest, the (Schwarz-Wald)

On the Danube near Its Source

By James Cochrane

AS one who gazes on a child whose look

Betokens promise, and whose bright career

Is seen without or augury or seer,

Even so I gaze upon this little brook,

Wimpling away from its sequestered nook;

And view the river as he rolls along,

Through lands embalmed in history and song;

Where peaceful now the reaper plies his hook.

I see the hero Sobieski come,

To quell the host that threatened Christendom:

The Roman and the Greek methinks I see;

The fiery Hun, the Dacian, vainly bold;

The barbarous Cossack and fierce Osmanli:

Yes, for it is the Danube I behold!