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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
America: Vols. XXV–XXIX.  1876–79.
 
Western States: San Francisco, Cal.
Lone Mountain
Bret Harte (1836–1902)
 
(Cemetery)

THIS is that hill of awe
That Persian Sindbad saw,—
      The mount magnetic;
And on its seaward face,
Scattered along its base,        5
      The wrecks prophetic.
 
Here come the argosies
Blown by each idle breeze,
      To and fro shifting;
Yet to the hill of Fate        10
All drawing, soon or late,—
      Day by day drifting;—
 
Drifting forever here
Barks that for many a year
      Braved wind and weather;        15
Shallops but yesterday
Launched on yon shining bay,—
      Drawn all together.
 
This is the end of all:
Sun thyself by the wall,        20
      O poorer Hindbad!
Envy not Sindbad’s fame:
Here come alike the same,
      Hindbad and Sindbad.
 
 
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