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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Switzerland and Austria: Vol. XVI. 1876–79.

Austria: Tepl, the River, Bohemia

On the River Tepl

By Rowland E. Egerton-Warburton (1804–1891)

FRIENDLESS I came, but friendless now no more;

Thy voice, sweet river, greets me, and I trace

A smile of welcome in thy sparkling face,

When early morn invites me to thy shore;

Thy sunlit waters to fresh life restore

The fragrant flowers that gild the mountain’s base;

Lulled by the rippling music of thy race,

With tranquil happiness my heart runs o’er.

The hues of heaven are mirrored in thy stream;

O, teach me so to live that hope sublime,

From Heaven reflected, on my path may beam!

Thy ceaseless current runs to reach the sea;

Teach me in wisdom to redeem the time,

Still hastening onward to Eternity.