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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Italy: Vols. XI–XIII.  1876–79.
The Vaudois
William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
BUT whence came they who for the Saviour Lord
Have long borne witness as the Scriptures teach?
Ages ere Valdo raised his voice to preach
In Gallic ears the unadulterate Word,
Their fugitive progenitors explored        5
Subalpine vales, in quest of safe retreats,
Where that pure Church survives, though summer heats
Open a passage to the Romish sword
Far as it dares to follow. Herbs self-sown,
And fruitage gathered from the chestnut wood,        10
Nourish the sufferers then; and mists, that brood
O’er chasms with new-fallen obstacles bestrewn,
Protect them; and the eternal snow that daunts
Aliens is God’s good winter for their haunts.

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