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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Switzerland and Austria: Vol. XVI.  1876–79.
Switzerland: Handeck, the Falls
The Fall of the Aar
William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
FROM the fierce aspect of this river, throwing
His giant body o’er the steep rock’s brink,
Back in astonishment and fear we shrink:
But, gradually a calmer look bestowing,
Flowers we espy beside the torrent growing;        5
Flowers that peep forth from many a cleft and chink,
And, from the whirlwind of his anger, drink
Hues ever fresh, in rocky fortress blowing:
They suck—from breath that, threatening to destroy,
Is more benignant than the dewy eve—        10
Beauty, and life, and motions as of joy:
Nor doubt but He to whom you pine-trees nod
Their heads in sign of worship, Nature’s God,
These humbler adorations will receive.

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