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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Switzerland and Austria: Vol. XVI.  1876–79.
 
Switzerland: St. Gothard
On Hearing the Ranz des Vaches on the Top of the Pass of Saint Gothard
William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
I LISTEN,—but no faculty of mine
Avails those modulations to detect,
Which, heard in foreign lands, the Swiss affect
With tenderest passion; leaving him to pine
(So fame reports) and die,—his sweet-breathed kine        5
Remembering, and green Alpine pastures decked
With vernal flowers. Yet may we not reject
The tale as fabulous.—Here while I recline,
Mindful how others by this simple strain
Are moved, for me,—upon this mountain named        10
Of God himself from dread pre-eminence,—
Aspiring thoughts, by memory reclaimed,
Yield to the music’s touching influence;
And joys of distant home my heart enchain.
 
 
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