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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Switzerland and Austria: Vol. XVI.  1876–79.
 
Switzerland: Thun, the Lake
Memorial near the Outlet of the Lake of Thun
William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
          Aloys Reding, it will be remembered, was Captain-General of the Swiss forces, which, with a courage and perseverance worthy of the cause, opposed the flagitious and too successful attempt of Buonaparte to subjugate their country.

AROUND a wild and woody hill,
A gravelled pathway treading,
We reached a votive stone that bears
The name of Aloys Reding.
 
Well judged the friend who placed it there        5
For silence and protection;
And haply with a finer care
Of dutiful affection.
 
The sun regards it from the west;
And, while in summer glory        10
He sets, his sinking yields a type
Of that pathetic story:
 
And oft he tempts the patriot Swiss
Amid the grove to linger;
Till all is dim, save this bright stone        15
Touched by his golden finger.
 
 
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