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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Switzerland and Austria: Vol. XVI.  1876–79.
 
Introductory to Switzerland
The Crystal Hunters
Thomas Moore (1779–1852)
 
O’ER mountains bright with snow and light,
  We crystal hunters speed along,
While grots, and caves, and icy waves
  Each, instant echo to our song;
And when we meet with stores of gems,        5
We grudge not kings their diadems.
    O’er mountains bright, etc.
 
No lover half so fondly dreams
  Of sparkles from his lady’s eyes,
As we of those refreshing gleams        10
  That tell where deep the crystal lies;
Though, next to crystal, we too grant
That ladies’ eyes may most enchant.
    O’er mountains bright, etc.
 
Sometimes, when o’er the Alpine rose        15
  The golden sunset leaves its ray,
So like a gem the floweret glows,
  We thither bend our headlong way;
And though we find no treasure there,
We bless the rose that shines so fair.        20
    O’er mountains bright, etc.
 
 
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