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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Africa: Vol. XXIV.  1876–79.
Central and Southern Africa: Cape Colony
Thomas Pringle (1789–1834)
          Genadendal, or the “Vale of Grace,” is the chief Moravian settlement in South Africa.

IN distant Europe oft I ’ve longed to see
This quiet “Vale of Grace”; to list the sound
Of moaning brooks and mellow turtles, round
The patriarch Schmidt’s old consecrated tree;
To hear the hymns of solemn melody,        5
Rising from the sequestered burial-ground;
To see the heathen taught, the lost sheep found,
The blind restored, the long-oppressed set free.
All this I ’ve witnessed now, and pleasantly
Its memory shall in my heart remain;        10
But closer and yet kinder ties there be,
That bind me to this spot with grateful chain;
For it hath been a Sabbath home to me
Through lingering months of solitude and pain.

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