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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Switzerland and Austria: Vol. XVI.  1876–79.
Switzerland: Alps, The
The Alps
Aubrey Thomas de Vere (1814–1902)
(From Ode on the Ascent of the Alps)

    HERE rest, my soul, from meteor dreams;
    And thou, my song, find rest. The streams
    That left at morn yon mountain’s brow
    Are sleeping with Locarno now.
    Though heaven in rapture finds her peace,        5
    Earth seeks, perforce, from joy release.
Gaze on those skies at once o’er all the earth
  Dissolving in a bath of purple dews,
And spread thy soul abroad as widely forth
  Till love thy soul, as heaven the snows, suffuse.        10
Gaze, gaze on heaven; and mark, his clouds among,
  The sun, emerging in his luminous might:
Gaze on the earth; and mark, o’er all, Mont Blanc,
  Answering that sinking orb with light for light:
He sinks,—is set,—but upwards without end        15
      Two mighty beams, diverging,
Like hands in benediction raised, extend;
From the great deep a crimson mist is surging;
    The peaks all round are funeral pyres
    On which the flaming day expires;        20
    Strange gleams, each moment ten times bright,
    Shoot round, transfiguring as they smite
    All spaces of the empyreal height,—
Deep gleams, high words which God to man doth speak;
  From peak to solemn peak in order driven        25
They speed,—a loftier vision dost thou seek?
      Rise then,—to Heaven!

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