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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Spain, Portugal, Belgium, and Holland: Vols. XIV–XV.  1876–79.
Belgium: Brussels
Henry Alford (1810–1871)
THE PEACEFUL moon sheds downward from the sky
Upon the sleeping city her soft light;
Lines of storm-laden vapor heavily
From the low north advance upon the night;
The minster-towers are seen in vision bright        5
In front, distinct with fretted tracery;
And long glades stretch beneath this giddy height,
Dappled with shadows dark of tower and tree.
Such wert thou, Brussels, when I gazed on thee:
Thou, at whose name the circumstance of war        10
Rose to my youthful fancy; now no more
A sound to move to tears; to memory
Henceforth, as ever unto freedom, dear,
In virtue of this night so soft and clear.

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