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

Western States: Wabash, the River

The Wabash

By Maurice Thompson (1844–1901)

THERE is a river singing in between

Bright fringes of papaw and sycamore,—

That stir to fragrant winds on either shore,—

Where tall blue herons stretch lithe necks, and lean

Over clear currents flowing cool and thin

Through the clean furrows of the pebbly floor.

My own glad river! though unclassic, still

Haunted of merry gods, whose pipings fill

With music all thy golden willow brakes!

Above thee Halcyon lifts his regal crest;

The tulip-tree flings thee its flower-flakes;

The tall flag over thee its lances shakes:

With every charm of beauty thou art blest,

O happiest river of the happy West!