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

Mull, the Island

The Same

By Richard Chenevix Trench (1807–1886)

SWEET Water-nymph, more shy than Arethuse,

Why wilt thou hide from me thy green retreat,

Where duly thou with silver-sandalled feet,

And every Naiad, her green locks profuse,

Welcome with dance sad Evening, or unloose,

To share your revel, an oak-cinctured throng,

Oread and Dryad, who the daylight long

By rock, or cave, or antique forest, use

To shun the Wood-god and his rabble bold?

Such comes not now, or who with impious strife

Would seek to untenant meadow, stream, and plain,

Of that indwelling power which is the life

And which sustaineth each, which poets old

As god and goddess thus have loved to feign.