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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
France: Vols. IX–X. 1876–79.

Yvette, the River

To the River Yvette

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882)

O LOVELY river of Yvette!

O darling river! like a bride,

Some dimpled, bashful, fair Lisette,

Thou goest to wed the Orge’s tide.

Maincourt and lordly Dampierre

See and salute thee on thy way,

And with a blessing and a prayer

Ring the sweet bells of St. Forget.

The valley of Chevreuse in vain

Would hold thee in its fond embrace;

Thou glidest from its arms again

And hurriest on with swifter pace.

Thou wilt not stay; with restless feet

Pursuing still thine onward flight,

Thou goest as one in haste to meet

Her sole desire, her heart’s delight.

O lovely river of Yvette!

O darling stream! on balanced wings

Thy wood-birds sang the chansonnette

That here an unknown poet sings.