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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Oceanica: Vol. XXXI.  1876–79.
 
Various Islands: Madeira
The Island of Madeira
Richard Chenevix Trench (1807–1886)
 
THOUGH never axe until a later day
Assailed thy forests’ huge antiquity,
Yet elder Fame had many tales of thee,—
Whether Phœnician shipman far astray
Had brought uncertain notices away        5
Of islands dreaming in the middle sea;
Or that man’s heart, which struggles to be free
From the old worn-out world, had never stay
Till, for a place to rest on, it had found
A region out of ken,—that happier isle,        10
Which the mild ocean-breezes blow around,—
Where they who thrice upon this mortal stage
Had kept their hands from wrong, their hearts from guile,
Should come at length, and live a tearless age.
 
 
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