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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
America: Vols. XXV–XXIX.  1876–79.
 
New England: Ossipee, the Lake, N. H.
Among the Hills
John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892)
 
(Excerpt)

FOR weeks the clouds had raked the hills,
  And vexed the vales with raining;
And all the woods were sad with mist,
  And all the brooks complaining.
 
At last a sudden night-storm tore        5
  The mountain veils asunder,
And swept the valleys clean before
  The besom of the thunder.
 
Through Sandwich Notch the west-wind sang
  Good-morrow to the cotter;        10
And once again Chocorua’s horn
  Of shadow pierced the water.
 
Above his broad lake, Ossipee,
  Once more the sunshine wearing,
Stooped, tracing on that silver shield        15
  His grim armorial bearing.
 
Clear drawn against the hard blue sky,
  The peaks had winter’s keenness;
And, close on autumn’s frost, the vales
  Had more than Jane’s fresh greenness.        20
 
You should have seen that long hill-range
  With gaps of brightness riven,—
How through each pass and hollow streamed
  The purple lights of heaven;
 
Rivers of gold-mist flowing down        25
  From far celestial fountains;
The great sun flaming through the rifts
  Beyond the wall of mountains!
 
 
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