Poets | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
November 25th, 2015 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 305,693 comments.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - THE QUADROON GIRL

The Slaver in the broad lagoon
Lay moored with idle sail;
He waited for the rising moon,
And for the evening gale.

Under the shore his boat was tied,
And all her listless crew
Watched the gray alligator slide
Into the still bayou.

Odors of orange-flowers, and spice,
Reached them from time to time,
Like airs that breathe from Paradise
Upon a world of crime.

The Planter, under his roof of thatch,
Smoked thoughtfully and slow;
The Slaver's thumb was on the latch,
He seemed in haste to go.

He said, "My ship at anchor rides
In yonder broad lagoon;
I only wait the evening tides,
And the rising of the moon.

Before them, with her face upraised,
In timid attitude,
Like one half curious, half amazed,
A Quadroon maiden stood.

Her eyes were large, and full of light,
Her arms and neck were bare;
No garment she wore save a kirtle bright,
And her own long, raven hair.

And on her lips there played a smile
As holy, meek, and faint,
As lights in some cathedral aisle
The features of a saint.

"The soil is barren,--the farm is old";
The thoughtful planter said;
Then looked upon the Slaver's gold,
And then upon the maid.

His heart within him was at strife
With such accursed gains:
For he knew whose passions gave her life,
Whose blood ran in her veins.

But the voice of nature was too weak;
He took the glittering gold!
Then pale as death grew the maiden's cheek,
Her hands as icy cold.

The Slaver led her from the door,
He led her by the hand,
To be his slave and paramour
In a strange and distant land!

Share |

Added: Feb 1 2004 | Viewed: 1430 times | Comments and analysis of THE QUADROON GIRL by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Comments (103)

THE QUADROON GIRL - Comments and Information

Poet: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Volume: Poems on Slavery
Poem of the Day: May 7 2014

Comment 103 of 103, added on November 9th, 2015 at 11:43 AM.

QnR0Wk Some really prime blog posts on this internet site , saved to favorites.

crork service seo from Cyprus
Comment 102 of 103, added on November 8th, 2015 at 8:11 PM.

zPm0rB Muchos Gracias for your article. Want more.

crorkservice fiverr from Samoa
Comment 101 of 103, added on November 8th, 2015 at 5:48 PM.

Qo9buc This awesome blog is definitely interesting as well as diverting. I have picked up a lot of useful advices out of this source. I ad love to visit it again soon. Thanks a lot!

fiverr crorkservice from Italy

Are you looking for more information on this poem? Perhaps you are trying to analyze it? The poem, THE QUADROON GIRL, has received 103 comments. Click here to read them, and perhaps post a comment of your own.

Poem Info

Longfellow Info
Copyright © 2000-2015 Gunnar Bengtsson. All Rights Reserved. Links