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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Scotland: Vols. VI–VIII.  1876–79.
Norway: Loffoden Islands
Winter in Norway
Thomas Campbell (1777–1844)
(From Ode to Winter)

BUT howling Winter fled afar,
To hills that prop the polar star,
And loves on deer-borne car to ride
With barren darkness by his side,
Round the shore where loud Loffoden        5
Whirls to death the roaring whale,
Round the hall where Runic Odin
Howls his war-song to the gale;
Save when adown the ravaged globe
He travels on his native storm,        10
Deflowering Nature’s grassy robe,
And trampling on the faded form;
Till light’s returning lord assume
The shaft that drives him to his polar field,
Of power to pierce his raven plume        15
And crystal-covered shield.
O sire of storms! whose savage ear
The Lapland drum delights to hear,
When Frenzy with her bloodshot eye
Implores thy dreadful deity;        20
Archangel! power of desolation!
Fast descending as thou art,
Say, hath mortal invocation
Spells to touch thy stony heart?

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