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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
America: Vols. XXV–XXIX.  1876–79.
New England: Bethlehem, N. H.
Mount Agassiz
Charlotte Fiske Bates (1838–1916)
BEFORE this mountain bore his well-loved name
Whose greatness runs through both the hemispheres,
Whose life-work, after death, but swells his fame,
Whose sudden loss set Science’ self in tears,—
I stood upon it; now if I were there        5
Among the flocking thoughts would this one brood,—
Mount Agassiz! It must have known such prayer
As rose at Penikese where once he stood
Pleading with Heaven, yet uttering not a word,
Leading the face and spirit of that throng        10
On through an awe-hinged gate, that swung unheard,
Into His presence where all souls belong:—
So doubtless, here, with noisy words unshod,
Went Prayer in Horeb silence unto God.

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