Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE THAMES, by ELIZA COOK

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First Line: Let the rhine be blue and bright
Last Line: My own, my native thames!
Subject(s): Thames (river)

Let the Rhine be blue and bright
In its path of liquid light,
Where the red grapes fling a beam
Of glory on the stream;
Let the gorgeous beauty there
Mingle all that's rich and fair;
Yet to me it ne'er could be
Like that river, great and free,
The Thames! the mighty Thames!

Though it bear no azure wave,
Though no pearly foam may lave,
Or leaping cascades pour
Their rainbows on its shore;
Yet I ever chose to dwell
Where I neard its gushing swell;
And never skimmed its breast,
But I warmly praised and blest
The Thames! the mighty Thames!

Can ye find in all the world
A braver flag unfurled
Than that which floats above
The stream I sing and love?
Oh! what a burning glow
Has thrilled my breast and brow,
To see that proud flag come
With glory to its home,
The Thames! the mighty Thames!

Did ribs more firm and fast
E'er meet the shot or blast
Than the gallant barks that glide
On its full and steady tide?
Would ye seek a dauntless crew,
With hearts to dare and hands to do?
You'll find the foe proclaims
They are cradled on the Thames,
The Thames, the mighty Thames!

They say the mountain child
Oft loves his torrent wild
So well, that should he part
He breaks his pining heart.
He grieves with smothered signs
Till his wearing spirit dies.
And so I yearn to thee,
Thou river of the free,
My own, my native Thames!

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