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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
America: Vols. XXV–XXIX.  1876–79.
 
New England: Cambridge, Mass.
Mount Auburn
Isaac McLellan (1806–1899)
 
(Excerpt)

SWEET Auburn! o’er thy rolling slopes
  The sparkling winter snows are spread;
Fast, fast the feathery flakes descend
  O’er these calm dwellings of the dead;
And evening with its thickening glooms,        5
Enshrouds the city of the tombs!
 
Yet ere the latest flame of day
  Along these devious walks shall fade,
Let me across the breezy height
  Still press, and through each sombrous glade,        10
And commune with this silent crowd,
In stony cell and swathing shroud.
 
Twilight enkindles with its blaze
  White columns, glimmering all around;
High soaring obelisks, that throw        15
  Their lengthening shadows o’er the ground;
And tapering shafts, and gleaming urns
Whereon day’s latest incense burns.
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