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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
America: Vols. XXV–XXIX.  1876–79.
 
New England: Holyoke, the Mountain, Mass.
Sunday on Mount Holyoke
James Freeman Colman
 
I ’VE climbed, with slippery, toiling feet,
  The cliff, beneath whose verge,
Far down, wide-waving woodlands beat
  Their greenly rippling surge.
 
With rustling skirts the zephyr treads        5
  The undulating trees,
And azure harebells nod their heads,
  Rung by the passing breeze.
 
Mid fields of variegated grain
  The river lies asleep,        10
While the stern mountains to the plain
  With softened outline sweep.
 
And, hand in hand, around the vale,
  Clad in blue autumn-mist,
They stand, that naught the spot assail        15
  The loving sun hath kissed.
 
On the green hillside lowing kine
  Are heard, and bleating flocks,
And, where the farmyard roofings shine,
  The shrilly crowing cocks.        20
 
But naught of sight or sound doth mar
  The holy Sabbath-time,
Where the white belfry gleams afar
  Whispers the village-chime.
 
Like a fond mother’s kiss, the scene        25
  Soothes the unrestful brain;
Earth’s love, so smilingly serene,
  Wins the sick soul from pain.
 
Here are no traces to record
  Man’s crimes or his distress;        30
The brooding spirit looks abroad
  In happy loneliness.
 
How spiritual seems the place!
  The blue, unclouded skies
Look down, as when a thoughtful face        35
  To yearning dreams replies.
 
’T is well to kneel in pillared aisle,
  And swell prayer’s choral tone;
But holiest feelings crave awhile
  To find themselves alone.        40
 
And as the landscape, viewed from hence,
  Dwindles in sight and sound,
While heaven, in still magnificence,
  Spreads broader arms around;
 
So, from this lofty mountain-goal        45
  To which my feet have trod,
Life’s objects lessen,—and the soul
  Seemeth more near to God.
 
 
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