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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Switzerland and Austria: Vol. XVI.  1876–79.
Introductory to Switzerland
Rose Terry Cooke (1827–1892)
THE STRANGER wandering in the Switzer’s land,
  Before its awful mountain-tops afraid,—
Who yet, with patient toil, hath gained his stand
  On the bare summit where all life is stayed;
Sees far, far down, beneath his blood-dimmed eyes,        5
  Another country, golden to the shore,
Where a new passion and new hopes arise,
  Where Southern blooms unfold forevermore.
And I, lone sitting by the twilight blaze,
  Think of another wanderer in the snows,        10
And on more perilous mountain-tops I gaze
  Than ever frowned above the vine and rose.
Yet courage, soul! nor hold thy strength in vain,
  In hope o’ercome the steeps God set for thee,
For past the Alpine summits of great pain        15
  Lieth thine Italy.

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