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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV.  1876–79.
 
Lansdown
Lansdown Hill
Robert Southey (1774–1843)
 
WITH many a weary step at length I gain
Thy summit, Lansdown; and the cool breeze plays
Gratefully round my brow, as hence I gaze
Back on the fair expanse of yonder plain.
’T was a long way, and tedious; to the eye        5
Though fair the extended vale, and fair to view
The autumnal leaves of many a faded hue,
That eddy in the wild gust moaning by.
Even so it fared with life: in discontent,
Restless through fortune’s mingled scenes I went,        10
Yet wept to think they would return no more.
But cease, fond heart! in such sad thoughts to roam;
For surely thou erelong shalt reach thy home,
And pleasant is the way that lies before.
 
 
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