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

Middle States: Trenton Falls, N. Y.

Trenton Falls

By Maria Lowell (1821–1853)

(From Memories of Waters)

POUR down, O Trenton, thy amber screen,

That the pool’s dim surface no more be seen!

Gay reveller, tossing away thy wine,

Thy golden sherry, whose hue divine

Was never sphered in the clustering vine,

’T is Autumn who feeds thee; her banners she flings

Across thy full sources, and shakes in thy springs

Her whole wealth of colors, leaves orange and red,

Green, purple, and mottled, an emperor’s bed

For thy waters to dream on; and when they awake,

Into flashes of gold and of amber they break:

Oh, type of glad youth, forever be hung

With garlands of faces all rosy and young!