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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
France: Vols. IX–X.  1876–79.
Savoy: Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
Lord Byron (1788–1824)
(From Manfred)

MONT BLANC is the monarch of mountains:
  They crowned him long ago
On a throne of rocks, in a robe of clouds,
  With a diadem of snow.
Around his waist are forests braced,        5
  The avalanche in his hand;
But ere it fall, that thundering ball
  Must pause for my command.
The glacier’s cold and restless mass
  Moves onward day by day;        10
But I am he who bids it pass,
  Or with its ice delay.
I am the spirit of the place,
  Could make the mountain bow
And quiver to his caverned base,—        15
  And what with me wouldst Thou?

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