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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV.  1876–79.
 
Silbury Hill
For a Tablet at Silbury Hill
Robert Southey (1774–1843)
 
THIS mound, in some remote and dateless day
Reared o’er a chieftain of the age of hills,
May here detain thee, traveller! from thy road
Not idly lingering. In his narrow house
Some warrior sleeps below, whose gallant deeds        5
Haply at many a solemn festival
The scald hath sung; but perished is the song
Of praise, as o’er these bleak and barren downs
The wind that passes and is heard no more.
Go, traveller, and remember, when the pomp        10
Of earthly glory fades, that one good deed,
Unseen, unheard, unnoted by mankind,
Lives in the eternal register of heaven.
 
 
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