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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV. 1876–79.

Rivers of England

Rivers of England

By Michael Drayton (1563–1631)

To the River Anker

OUR floods’ queen, Thames, for ships and swans is crowned;

And stately Severn for her shore is praised;

The crystal Trent for fords and fish renowned,

And Avon’s fame to Albion’s cliffs is raised.

Carlegion-Chester vaunts her holy Dee;

York many wonders of her Ouse can tell;

The Peak her Dove, whose banks so fertile be,

And Kent will say her Medway doth excel.

Cotswold commends her Isis to the Thame;

Our northern borders boast of Tweed’s fair flood;

Our western parts extol their Welly’s fame,

And the old Lea brags of the Danish blood.

Arden’s sweet Anker, let thy glory be,

That fair Idea only lives by thee.