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          HOW clear, how keen, how marvellously bright
          The effluence from yon distant mountain's head,
          Which, strewn with snow smooth as the sky can shed,
          Shines like another sun--on mortal sight
          Uprisen, as if to check approaching Night,
          And all her twinkling stars. Who now would tread,
          If so he might, yon mountain's glittering head--
          Terrestrial, but a surface, by the flight
          Of sad mortality's earth-sullying wing,
          Unswept, unstained? Nor shall the aerial Powers             10
          Dissolve that beauty, destined to endure,
          White, radiant, spotless, exquisitely pure,
          Through all vicissitudes, till genial Spring
          Has filled the laughing vales with welcome flowers.
                                                              1815.


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