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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Ireland: Vol. V.  1876–79.
 
Rosanna
Lines Written for the Album at Rosanna
Felicia Hemans (1793–1835)
 
          A beautiful place in the county of Wicklow, formerly the abode of the authoress of “Psyche.”

O, LIGHTLY tread through these deep chestnut bowers,
  Where a sweet spirit once in beauty moved!
And touch with reverent hand these leaves and flowers,—
  Fair things, which well a gentle heart hath loved!
A gentle heart, of love and grief the abode,        5
Whence the bright stream of song in tear-drops flowed.
 
And bid its memory sanctify the scene!
  And let the ideal presence of the dead
Float round, and touch the woods with softer green,
  And o’er the streams a charm, like moonlight, shed,        10
Through the soul’s depths in holy silence felt,—
A spell to raise, to chasten, and to melt!
 
 
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