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The Elms - Stephen Longfellow's Gorham Farm

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Indian Camp Brook, ca. 2005

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Indian Camp Brook, ca. 2005 / Maine Historical Society

The poem that does have a direct connection to Henry's Gorham vacations is "The Angler's Song" first printed in the U.S. Literary Gazette and reprinted in an 1826 anthology. Fishing along the Curtis River was Henry's inspiration for this poem.

The Angler's Song
From the river's plashy bank
Where the sedge grows green and rank
And the twisted woodbine springs,
Upward speeds the morning lark
To its silver cloud - and hark!
On his way the woodman sings.

Where the embracing ivy holds
Close the hoar elm in its folds
In the meadow's fenny land,
And the winding river sweeps
Through its shallows and still deeps,
Silent with my rod I stand.

But when sultry suns are high
Underneath the oak I lie,
As it shades the water's edge;
And I mark my line away
In the wheeling eddy play,
Tangling with the river sedge.

When the eye of evening looks
On green woods and winding brooks,
And the wind sighs o'er the lea,
Woods and streams, I leave you then.
While the shadows in the glen
Lengthen by the greenwood tree.


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