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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
America: Vols. XXV–XXIX.  1876–79.
 
New England: White Mountains, 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 valley 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 June’s fresh greenness        20
 
Again the sodden forest floors
  With golden lights were checkered,
Once more rejoicing leaves in wind
  And sunshine danced and flickered.
 
It was as if the summer’s late        25
  Atoning for its sadness
Had borrowed every season’s charm
  To end its days in gladness.
 
I call to mind those banded vales
  Of shadow and of shining,        30
Through which, my hostess at my side,
  I drove in day’s declining.
 
We held our sideling way above
  The river’s whitening shallows,
By homesteads old, with wide-flung barns        35
  Swept through and through by swallows,—
 
By maple orchards, belts of pine
  And larches climbing darkly
The mountain slopes, and, over all,
  The great peaks rising starkly.        40
 
You should have seen that long hill-range
  With gaps of brightness riven,—
How through each pass and hollow streamed
  The purpling lights of heaven,—
 
Rivers of gold-mist flowing down        45
  From far celestial fountains,—
The great sun flaming through the rifts
  Beyond the wall of mountains!
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