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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
Below the Heights
Walter Herries Pollock (b. 1850)
I SAT at Berne, and watched the chain
  Of icy peaks and passes,
That towered like gods above the plain,
  In stern majestic masses.
I waited till the evening light        5
  Upon their heads descended;
They caught it on their glittering height,
  And held it there suspended.
I saw the red spread o’er the white,
  How like a maiden’s blushing,        10
Till all were hid in rosy light
  That seemed from heaven rushing;
The dead white snow was flushed with life,
  As if a new Pygmalion
Had sought to find himself a wife        15
  In stones that saw Deucalion.
Too soon the light began to wane;
  It lingered soft and tender,
And the snow-giants sank again
  Into their cold dead splendor.        20
And, as I watched the last faint glow,
  I turned as pale as they did,
And sighed to think that on the snow
  The rose so quickly faded.


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