To a Painter

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To a Painter
by James Thomas Fields
From Poems (1849)


I've sailed an ocean to behold the Rhine,
 That world of beauty bursting on the view,—
But now your canvas wafts to me the vine
 And rock-clad hills long since I wandered through.

Twin-castled River, far away no more,—
 What further need the Atlantic wave to plough?
You've brought old Coblentz to my very door,
 And Ehrenbreitstein is my neighbor now!