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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV.  1876–79.
 
Wales: Mathraval
Mathraval
Robert Southey (1774–1843)
 
(From Madoc)

NOW for Mathraval went Prince Madoc forth;
O’er Menai’s ebbing tide, up mountain-paths,
Beside gray mountain-stream and lonely lake,
And through old Snowdon’s forest-solitude,
He held right on his solitary way.        5
Nor paused he in that rocky vale where oft
Up the familiar path, with gladder pace,
His steed had hastened to the well-known door,—
That valley o’er whose crags and sprinkled trees
And winding stream so oft his eye had loved        10
To linger, gazing, as the eve grew dim,
From Dolwyddelan’s Tower: alas! from thence,
As from his brother’s monument, he turned
A loathing eye, and through the rocky vale
Sped on. From morn till noon, from noon till eve,        15
He travelled on his way; and when at morn
Again the Ocean Chief bestrode his steed,
The heights of Snowdon on his backward glance
Hung like a cloud in heaven. O’er heath and hill
And barren height he rode; and darker now,        20
In loftier majesty, thy mountain-seat,
Star-loving Idris! rose. Nor turned he now
Beside Kregennan, where his infant feet
Had trod Ednywain’s hall; nor loitered he
In the green vales of Powys, till he came        25
Where Warnway rolls its waters underneath
Ancient Mathraval’s venerable walls,
Cyveilioc’s princely and paternal seat.
 
 
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