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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII.  1876–79.
 
Piedmont
Hymn of the Vaudois Mountaineers in Times of Persecution
Felicia Hemans (1793–1835)
 
FOR the strength of the hills we bless thee,
  Our God, our fathers’ God!
Thou hast made thy children mighty
  By the touch of the mountain sod.
Thou hast fixed our ark of refuge        5
  Where the spoiler’s foot ne’er trod;
For the strength of the hills we bless thee,
  Our God, our fathers’ God!
 
We are watchers of a beacon
  Whose light must never die;        10
We are guardians of an altar
  Midst the silence of the sky:
The rocks yield founts of courage,
  Struck forth as by thy rod;
For the strength of the hills we bless thee,        15
  Our God, our fathers’ God!
 
For the dark, resounding caverns,
  Where thy still, small voice is heard;
For the strong pines of the forests,
  That by thy breath are stirred;        20
For the storms, on whose free pinions
  Thy spirit walks abroad;
For the strength of the hills we bless thee,
  Our God, our fathers’ God!
 
The royal eagle darteth        25
  On his quarry from the heights,
And the stag that knows no master
  Seeks there his wild delights;
But we, for thy communion,
  Have sought the mountain sod;        30
For the strength of the hills we bless thee,
  Our God, our fathers’ God!
 
The banner of the chieftain
  Far, far below us waves;
The war-horse of the spearman        35
  Cannot reach our lofty caves:
Thy dark clouds wrap the threshold
  Of freedom’s last abode;
For the strength of the hills we bless thee,
  Our God, our fathers’ God!        40
 
For the shadow of thy presence,
  Round our camp of rock outspread;
For the stern defiles of battle,
  Bearing record of our dead;
For the snows and for the torrents,        45
  For the free hearts’ burial sod;
For the strength of the hills we bless thee,
  Our God, our fathers’ God!
 
 
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