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

Middle States: New York, the City, N. Y.

On the Pier

By Richard Henry Stoddard (1825–1903)

DOWN at the end of the long dark street,

Years, years ago,

I sat with my sweetheart on the pier,

Watching the river flow.

The moon was climbing the sky that night,

White as the winter’s snow:

We kissed in its light, and swore to be true,—

But that was years ago!

Once more I walk in the dark old street,

Wearily to and fro:

But I sit no more on the desolate pier

Watching the river flow.