A Niagara Landscape

Original Text: 
The Poems of Archibald Lampman, ed. Duncan Campbell Scott (Toronto: George N. Morang, 1900): 272, as reprinted in The Poems of Archibald Lampman (including At the Long Sault), intro. by Margaret Coulby
1Heavy with haze that merges and melts free
2    Into the measureless depth on either hand,
3    The full day rests upon the luminous land
4In one long noon of golden reverie.
5Now hath the harvest come and gone with glee.
6    The shaven fields stretch smooth and clean away,
7    Purple and green, and yellow, and soft gray,
8Chequered with orchards. Farther still I see
9Towns and dim villages, whose roof-tops fill
10    The distant mist, yet scarcely catch the view.
12        And far to westward, where yon pointed towers
13    Rise faint and ruddy from the vaporous blue,

Notes

11] Thorold: southern Ontario town that Lampman acknowledged as his birthplace and that owed its industries to the Welland Canal. Back to Line
14] Saint Catharines: an incorporated city in the Niagara fruit belt, served by rail and the Welland Canal. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
1943
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1997.
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