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MEMORIALS OF A TOUR ON THE CONTINENT, 1820

XIII. MEMORIAL

NEAR THE OUTLET OF THE LAKE OF THUN

"DEM

ANDENKEN

MEINES FREUNDES

ALOYS REDING

MDCCCXVIII."

AROUND a wild and woody hill A gravelled pathway treading, We reached a votive Stone that bears The name of Aloys Reding. Well judged the Friend who placed it there For silence and protection; And haply with a finer care Of dutiful affection. The Sun regards it from the West; And, while in summer glory 10 He sets, his sinking yields a type Of that pathetic story: And oft he tempts the patriot Swiss Amid the grove to linger; Till all is dim, save this bright Stone Touched by his golden finger.

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