Verse > Anthologies > Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. > Poems of Places > Americas
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Americas: Vol. XXX.  1876–79.
South America: Rio Janeiro, Brazil
Rio Janeiro
John Dunmore Lang (1799–1878)

ROCKS piled on rocks immense, mountains afar,
  Their outline bold, drawn on the lofty sky.
Dom Pedro, thou art safe! Thy bulwarks are
  Impregnable, Brazilian liberty!
Faction may ruin thee, but foreign war        5
  Can ne’er assail thy strongholds. Live and die
Free, then, Brazilian! See how bounteous Heaven
For thy defence ramparts of rock hath given!
Ye pyramids of Egypt, what are ye
  To Nature’s pyramids, unnumbered here?        10
Some stand like watch-towers distant in the sea,
  As ’t were to signal give of danger near.
Others on land all riven! Perchance they be
  Remnants of giant strife full many a year
Forgot. It may be they were rent asunder        15
By Titans and by antediluvian thunder.
Rocks piled on rocks in wild confusion rise,
  Mountains uprear their snow-clad peaks afar,
And on each headland bold, strong batteries
  Bespeak the infant Empire ripe for war.        20
Then the broad bay that, like some Scotch loch, lies
  Encircled by steep hills, but lovelier far;
Its thousand isles clothed with rich verdure seem
All beauteous as the landscape of a dream.

Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2015 · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors · World Lit.