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

Arun, the River

To the River Arun

By Charlotte Smith (1749–1806)

BE the proud Thames of trade the busy mart;

Arun, to thee will other praise belong:

Dear to the lover’s and the mourner’s heart,

And ever sacred to the sons of song.

Thy banks romantic hopeless Love shall seek,

Where o’er the rocks the mantling bind-weed flaunts;

And Sorrow’s drooping form and faded cheek

Choose on thy willowed shore her lonely haunts.

Banks, which inspired thy Otway’s plaintive strain!

Wilds, whose lorn echoes learned the deeper tone

Of Collins, powerful shade! yet once again

Another poet, Hayley, is thine own.

Thy classic stream again shall hear a lay

Bright as its waves and various as its way.