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

Duddon, the River

The River Duddon

By William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

WHENCE that low voice? A whisper from the heart,

That told of days long past, when here I roved

With friends and kindred tenderly beloved;

Some who had early mandates to depart,

Yet are allowed to steal my path athwart

By Duddon’s side; once more do we unite,

Once more beneath the kind earth’s tranquil light,

And smothered joys into new being start.

From her unworthy seat, the cloudy stall

Of time, breaks forth triumphant Memory;

Her glistening tresses bound, yet light and free

As golden locks of birch, that rise and fall

On gales that breathe too gently to recall

Aught of the fading year’s inclemency!