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Home Geography by  C. C. Long
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"Oh, tell me, pretty river,

Whence do thy waters flow?

And whither art thou roaming,

So smoothly and so slow?"

"My birthplace was the mountain,

My nurse the April showers;

My cradle was a fountain,

O'er-curtained by wild flowers.


"One morn I ran away,

A madcap, noisy rill;

And many a prank that day

I played adown the hill!

"And then 'mid meadowy banks,

I flirted with the flowers,

That stooped with glowing lips

To woo me to their bowers.

"But these bright scenes are o'er,

And darkly flows my wave;

I hear the ocean's roar—

And there must be my grave!"

Where have you seen a river like the one spoken of in the poem? Are rivers born? What is meant by "My nurse the April showers"? "I flirted with the flowers"? Explain the last stanza.


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