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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Asia: Vols. XXI–XXIII.  1876–79.
India: Himalaya, the Mountains
John Bruce Norton (1815–1883)
A WANDERER once upon the snowy range
Of Himalaya, on one vapory morn,
I saw stand on a peak, rugged and torn,
A giant figure, vast and dim and strange,
As is the Brocken Spectre: what a change        5
Came o’er my vision, when the sun had shorn
The mists away, and I, much nearer borne,
Beheld the golden lights and clouds arrange
Their glory round no Spirit, but a man:
New hopes beat down and banished false alarms;        10
I longed for converse in that lonely place:
Toward my fellow-creature swift I ran:
My heart leaped up when I beheld his face;
And lo! I clasped my brother in my arms.

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