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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Africa: Vol. XXIV.  1876–79.
 
The Barbary States: Atlas, the Mountain
The Mountain Streams
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)
 
(From The Witch of Atlas)

AND down the streams which clove those mountains vast
  Around their inland islets, and amid
The panther-peopled forests, whose shade cast
  Darkness and odors, and a pleasure hid
In melancholy gloom, the pinnace past;        5
  By many a star-surrounded pyramid
Of icy crag cleaving the purple sky,
And caverns yawning round unfathomably.
 
The silver noon into that winding dell,
  With slanted gleam athwart the forest tops,        10
Tempered like golden evening, feebly fell;
  A green and glowing light, like that which drops
From folded lilies in which glowworms dwell,
  When earth over her face night’s mantle wraps;
Between the severed mountains lay on high        15
Over the stream, a narrow rift of sky.
*        *        *        *        *
And ever down the prone vale, like a cloud
  Upon a stream of wind, the pinnace went:
Now lingering on the pools, in which abode
  The calm and darkness of the deep content        20
In which they paused; now o’er the shallow road
  Of white and dancing waters all besprent
With sands and polished pebbles: mortal boat
In such a shallow rapid could not float.
 
 
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