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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume V. Nature.  1904.
IV. Inland Waters: Highlands
Storm in the Alps
Lord Byron (1788–1824)
From “Childe Harold,” Canto III.

  THE SKY is changed!—and such a change! O night,
  And storm, and darkness, ye are wondrous strong,
  Yet lovely in your strength, as is the light
  Of a dark eye in woman! Far along,
  From peak to peak, the rattling crags among        5
  Leaps the live thunder! Not from one lone cloud,
  But every mountain now hath found a tongue,
  And Jura answers, through her misty shroud,
Back to the joyous Alps, who call to her aloud!
  And this is in the night:—most glorious night!        10
  Thou wert not sent for slumber! let me be
  A sharer in thy fierce and far delight,—
  A portion of the tempest and of thee!
  How the lit lake shines, a phosphoric sea,
  And the big rain comes dancing to the earth!        15
  And now again ’t is black,—and now, the glee
  Of the loud hills shakes with its mountain-mirth,
As if they did rejoice o’er a young earthquake’s birth.

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