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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Switzerland and Austria: Vol. XVI.  1876–79.
 
Switzerland: Einsiedeln
On First Seeing the Monastery of Maria Einsiedeln
James Cochrane
 
’T WAS eventide in summer’s glorious prime,
When walking lonely, ’mong the Alpine chain,
I first beheld Einsiedeln’s hallowed fane,
In the pure air serene, majestic climb,
And heard her Ave Mary softly chime:        5
And lo! ev’n while I gazed, along the plain
The monks walked forth, to bless the pilgrim train,
Who came from far to expiate their crime.
I then was but a stripling in my teens,
Delighting in all legendary lore;        10
Imagination revelled in such scenes;
Then judge my joy, to see what tales of yore
Of pilgrims, monks, and their dear lady, taught,
Before me thus, all unexpected, brought!
 
 
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