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First Line: I've gazed upon the rapid rhine
Last Line: Fall on loch leven's gentle stream!
Subject(s): Leven (Lake), Scotland


I've gazed upon the rapid Rhine,
I've seen its waters foam and shine;
I've watched its cascades, wild and bright,
Leap proudly on, in rainbow light;
Its waves have charmed my dazzled eye,
Like molten silver dashing by: --
Still, still, I could not love the Rhine --
The land it watered was not mine!
I sighed to see the moon's mild beam,
Fall on Loch Leven's gentle stream!

I've wandered by the placid Rhone,
When night was on her starry throne;
I've looked upon the Tiber's tide,
And plucked the wild flowers by its side;
I've heard the gondolier's wild note
O'er the lagoons' fair waters float: --
Still, still, I turned with willing feet,
My native north again to greet!
Again to see the moon's mild beam
Fall on Loch Leven's gentle stream!





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