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Wise and polite, - and if I drew
Their several portraits, you would own
Chaucer had no such worthy crew
Nor Boccace in Decameron.

We crossed Champlain to Keeseville with our

Thence, in strong country carts, rode up the forks
Of the Ausable stream, intent to reach
The Adirondac lakes. At Martin's Beach
We chose our boats; each man a boat and guide, -
Ten men, ten guides, our company all told.

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Next morn, we swept with oars the Saranac,
With skies of benediction, to Round Lake,

Where all the sacred mountains drew around us, 10 Taháwus, Seward, MacIntyre, Baldhead,

And other Titans without muse or name.
Pleased with these grand 'ompanions, we glide

Instead of flowers, crowned with a wreath of

hills, And made our distance wider, boat from boat, 15 As each would hear the oracle alone.

By the bright morn the gay flotilla slid
Through files of flags that gleamed like bayonets,
Through gold-moth-haunted beds of pickerel.

flower, Through scented banks of lilies white and gold, 20 Where the deer feeds at night, the teal by day,

On through the Upper Saranac, and up
Père Raquette stream, to a small tortuous pass
Winding through grassy shallows in and out,

Two creeping miles of rushes, pads, and sponge 25 To Follansbee Water and the Lake of Loong.

Northward the length of Follanshee we rowed, Under low mountains, whose unbroken ridge Ponderous with beechen forest sloped the shore.

A pause and council: then, where near the head 30 On the east a bay makes in ward to the land

Between two rocky arms, we climb the bank,
And in the twilight of the forest noon
Wield the first axe these echoes ever heard,

We cut young trees to make our poles and thwarts, 35 Barked the white spruce to weatherfend the roof,

Then struck a light, and kindled the camp-fire.

The wood was sovran with centennial trees -
Oak, cedar, maple, poplar, beech and fir,
Linden and spruce.

In strict society 40 Three conifers, white, pitch, and Norway pine, Five-leaved, three-leaved, and two-leaved, grew

Our patron pine was fifteen feet in girth

The maple eight, beneath its shapely tower. 37. Milton frequently employed the form sovran for sovereign, although in many editions the spelling has been changed

the longer form.

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