Beyond the Hills of Dream

by William Wilfred Campbell


To the Ottawa


OUT of the northern wastes, lands of winter and death,
     Regions of ruin and age, spaces of solitude lost;
          You wash and thunder and sweep,
          And dream and sparkle and creep,
               Turbulent, luminous, large,
               Scion of thunder and frost.
Down past woodland and waste, lone as the haunting of even,
     Of shrivelled and wind-moaning night when Winter hath wizened the world;
          Down past hamlet and town
          By marshes, by forests that frown,
               Brimming their desolate banks,
               Your tides to the ocean are hurled.