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[181] Green memorials of the gleeman!
     Linking still the river-shores,
With their shadows cast by sunset,
     Stand Hugh Tallant's sycamores!

When the Father of his Country
     Through the north-land riding came,
And the roofs were starred with banners,
     And the steeples rang acclain,—

When each war-scarred Continental,
     Leaving smithy, mill, and farm,
Waved his rusted sword in welcome,
     And shot off his old king's arm,—

Slowly passed that august Presence
     Down the thronged and shouting street;
Village girls as white as angels,
     Scattering flowers around his feet.

Midway, where the plane-tree's shadow
     Deepest fell, his rein he drew:
On his stately head, uncovered,
     Cool and soft the west-wind blew.

And he stood up in his stirrups,
     Looking up and looking down
On the hills of Gold and Silver
     Rimming round the little town,—

On the river, full of sunshine,
     To the lap of greenest vales
Winding down from wooded headlands,
     Willow-skirted, white with sails.

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