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The Lakes of PontchartrainTheir History and Environments$

Robert W. Hastings

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781604732719

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604732719.001.0001

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(p.xix) The Lake’s Own Poem

(p.xix) The Lake’s Own Poem

Source:
The Lakes of Pontchartrain
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi

“Lake Pontchartrain”

  • Into thy sapphire wave, fair Pontchartrain,
  • Slow sinks the setting sun; the distant sail,
  • On far horizon’s edge, glides hushed and pale,
  • Like some escaping spirit o’er the main.
  • The sea-gull soars, then tastes thy waves again;
  • The bearded forests on thy sandy shore
  • In silence stand, e’en as they stood of yore
  • While yet the red man held his savage reign,
  • And daring Iberville’s adventurous prow
  • As yet had never cut thy purple wave,
  • Nor swung the shadow of his shining sail
  • Across the bark of the Biloxi brave.
  • Ah, placid lake! Where are thy warriors now?
  • Where their abiding places—where their grave?

—MARY ASHLEY TOWNSEND (1881)