These Hills, the pride of all the coast, To mighty distance seen. With aspect bold and rugged brow. That shade the neighbouring main: These heights, for solitude designed. This rude, resounding shore These vales impervious to the wind. Tall oaks, that to the tempest bend, Half Druid, I adore. From distant lands, a thousand sails Your hazy summits greet In Fdnuury, 1790, Freneau left the sea and settled down in the employ of the New York Daily A dvertiser, During the next seven years he was snccesaively editor of the National Gazette, Tlie Jersey Chronicle, and The Time Piece mmd Literary Companion, The period ends late in 1797 when he left New York and went for a time to Charleston, Sonth Carolina. 1T he first trace I can find of this poem is in the Freeman s Journal, Febmary 2, 1791, where it is entitled Stanzas written on the Hills of Neversink near Sandy Hook, 1790. In the republication of the poem in the National Gazette, November aS, 1791, the month July was added to the title. It was the poets valedictory to the ocean after his wanderings. He was married in May, 1790, and he now evidently looked forward to a settled career. The poem has been placed slightly out of order as will be seen. It was republished only in the 1795 eiition which the text follows.
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