BY broad Potomacs shoreagain, old tongue!
(Still utteringstill ejaculatingcanst never cease this babble?)
Again, old heart so gayagain to you, your sense, the full flush spring returning;
Again the freshness and the odorsagain Virginias summer sky, pellucid blue and
Again the forenoon purple of the hills,
Again the deathless grass, so noiseless, soft and green,
Again the blood-red roses blooming.
Perfume this book of mine, O blood-red roses!
Lave subtly with your waters every line, Potomac!
Give me of you, O spring, before I close, to put between its pages!
O forenoon purple of the hills, before I close, of you!
O smiling earthO summer sun, give me of you!
O deathless grass, of you!