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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Switzerland and Austria: Vol. XVI.  1876–79.
Switzerland: Alps, The
Evening among the Alps
Felicia Hemans (1793–1835)
SOFT skies of Italy! how richly drest,
Smile these wild scenes in your purpureal glow;
What glorious hues, reflected from the west,
Float o’er the dwellings of eternal snow!
Yon torrent, foaming down the granite steep,        5
Sparkles all brilliance in the setting beam;
Dark glens beneath in shadowy beauty sleep,
Where pipes the goatherd by his mountain-stream.
Now from you peak departs the vivid ray,
That still at eve its lofty temple knows;        10
From rock and torrent fade the tints away,
And all is wrapt in twilight’s deep repose:
While through the pine-wood gleams the vesper-star,
And roves the Alpine gale o’er solitudes afar.

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