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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Oceanica: Vol. XXXI.  1876–79.
 
Various Islands: Canary Islands
Teneriffe
Thomas Warton (1728–1790)
 
(From The Pleasures of Melancholy)

MOTHER of musings, Contemplation sage,
Whose grotto stands upon the topmost rock
Of Teneriffe: mid the tempestuous night,
On which, in calmest meditation held,
Thou hear’st with howling winds the beating rain        5
And drifting hail descend; or if the skies
Unclouded shine, and through the blue serene
Pale Cynthia rolls her silver-axled car,
Whence gazing steadfast on the spangled vault
Raptured thou sitt’st, while murmurs indistinct        10
Of distant billows soothe thy pensive ear
With hoarse and hollow sounds; secure, self-blest,
There oft thou listen’st to the wild uproar
Of fleets encountering, that in whispers low
Ascends the rocky summit, where thou dwell’st        15
Remote from man, conversing with the spheres!
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