The Housatonic at Stockbridge
Excerpt of text by Robert Underwood Johnson
Contented river! In thy dreamy realm
The cloudy willow and the plumy elm:
From ev’ry dreamy hill
what eye but wanders with thee at thy will,
And yet over-shy
To mask thy beauty from the eager eye;
Hast thou a thought to hide from field and town?
In some deep current of the sunlit brown
Ah! there’s a restive ripple,
And the swift red leaves
September’s firstlings faster drift;
Wouldst thou away, dear stream?
Come, whisper near!
I also of much resting have a fear:
Let me tomorrow thy companion be,
By fall and shallow to the adventurous sea!
Composer(s): Charles IvesFree via IMSLP