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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Russia: Vol. XX.  1876–79.
 
Alupka
Alupka
Edna Dean Proctor (1829–1923)
 
CROSS but this rocky height, and lo!
    A valley rare as Rasselas
    Found in the Abyssinian pass,
With warmth and beauty all aglow!
Where for Tartar mosque and royal villa        5
Is many a shining porphyry pillar,
With marbles for altar and floor and stair
Veined with vermilion or amber fair;
And fountains fed by the rills that fall
Cool and clear from the mountain wall.        10
Where the olive and orange and nectarine
Ripen the seaside gardens in,
And the winds are sweet as the breeze that sighs
Over the meadows of Paradise!—
Yea, and the blessed there might crave        15
Alupka, pride of the cliff and wave!
 
 
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