Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Scotland: Vols. VI–VIII. 1876–79.

Ora, the River


By William Drummond of Hawthornden (1585–1649)

NOR Arne, nor Mincius, nor stately Tiber,

Sebethus, nor the flood into whose streams

He fell who burnt the world with borrowed beams,

Gold-rolling Tagus, Munda, famous Iber,

Sorgue, Rhone, Loire, Garron, nor proud-banked Seine,

Peneus, Phasis, Xanthus, humble Ladon,

Nor she whose nymphs excel her who loved Adon,

Fair Tamesis, nor Ister large, nor Rhine,

Euphrates, Tigris, Indus, Hermus, Gange,

Pearly Hydaspes, serpent-like Meander,

The gulf bereft sweet Hero her Leander,

Nile, that far, far his hidden head doth range,

Have ever had so rare a cause of praise,

As Ora, where this northern Phœnix stays.