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Our River.

For a summer Festival at ‘the laurels’ on the Merrimac.

Jean Pierre Brissot, the famous leader of the Girondist party in the French Revolution, when a young man travelled extensively in the United States. He visited the valley of the Merrimac, and speaks in terms of admiration of the view from Moulton's hill opposite Amesbury. The ‘Laurel Party’ so called, was composed of ladies and gentlemen in the lower valley of the Merrimac, and invited friends and guests in other sections of the country. Its thoroughly enjoyable annual festivals were held in the early summer on the pine-shaded, laurel-blossomed slopes of the Newbury side of the river opposite Pleasant Valley in Amesbury. The several poems called out by these gatherings are here printed in sequence.

once more on yonder laurelled height
     The summer flowers have budded;
Once more with summer's golden light
     The vales of home are flooded;
And once more, by the grace of Him
     Of every good the Giver,
We sing upon its wooded rim
     The praises of our river:

Its pines above, its waves below,
     The west-wind down it blowing,
As fair as when the young Brissot
     Beheld it seaward flowing,—
And bore its memory o'er the deep,
     To soothe a martyr's sadness,
And fresco, in his troubled sleep,
     His prison-walls with gladness.

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