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MONTCLAIR, by            
First Line: Dear lovely mountain town, farewell
Last Line: Proud mountain town, montclair!
Alternate Author Name(s): Chittenden, Larry
Subject(s): Mountains; Towns; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)

Dear lovely mountain town, farewell,
Though we, alas, must part,
Thy landscape beauties long shall dwell
Like memories in my heart.

As some lone river onward flows
To seek a restful sea,
So shall my spirit seek repose
In restful dreams of thee.

Though far in distant lands I roam,
A haunted wanderer there,
I'll think of thee, my boyhood's home,
Cool mountain-browed Montclair.

I love thy crags and purple hills,
Thy views of distant seas,
Thy fruitful vines of whispering rills,
Thy groves of murmuring trees.

How oft I trod thy woodland vales,
Along thy shaded streams,
A hunter lost 'midst gameless dales,
In boyhood's land of dreams.

Though Time may blight life's youthful hopes,
Fond Memory's fancies fair
Shall twine rich garlands round thy slopes,
Proud mountain town, Montclair!

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