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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Spain, Portugal, Belgium, and Holland: Vols. XIV–XV. 1876–79.

Spain: Rio Verde

The Rio Verde Song

By Felicia Hemans (1793–1835)

FLOW, Rio Verde!

In melody flow;

Win her that weepeth

To slumber from woe;

Bid thy waves’ music

Roll through her dreams,—

Grief ever loveth

The kind voice of streams.

Bear her lone spirit

Afar on the sound

Back to her childhood,

Her life’s fairy ground;

Pass like the whisper

Of love that is gone,—

Flow, Rio Verde!

Softly flow on!

Dark glassy water

So crimsoned of yore!

Love, death, and sorrow

Know thy green shore.

Thou shouldst have echoes

For grief’s deepest tone,—

Flow, Rio Verde!

Softly flow on!