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

Middle States: Hudson, the River, N. Y.

The Hudson

By Margaretta V. Faugeres (1771–1801)


THROUGH many a blooming wild and woodland green

The Hudson’s sleeping waters winding stray;

Now ’mongst the hills its silvery waves are seen,

Through arching willows now they steal away;

Now more majestic rolls the ample tide,

Tall waving elms its clovery borders shade,

And many a stately dome, in ancient pride

And hoary grandeur, there exalts its head.

There trace the marks of culture’s sunburnt hand,

The honeyed buckwheat’s clustering blossoms view,—

Dripping rich odors, mark the beard-grain bland,

The loaded orchard, and the flax-field blue;

The grassy hill, the quivering poplar grove,

The copse of hazel, and the tufted bank,

The long green valley where the white flocks rove,

The jutting rock, o’erhung with ivy dank;

The tall pines waving on the mountain’s brow,

Whose lofty spires catch day’s last lingering beam;

The bending willow weeping o’er the stream,

The brook’s soft gurglings, and the garden’s glow.