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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Switzerland and Austria: Vol. XVI.  1876–79.
 
Switzerland: Zurich, the Lake
On the Lake of Zurich
James Cochrane
 
RICHMOND, dost thou remember Rapperschwyl,
And the sweet banks of Zurich’s lovely lake,
As on its bridge we leisurely ’gan wheel;
And how you trembled when you felt it shake;
How the old tower sent forth a merry peal,        5
Making the mountain echoes all awake?
And how the garden we could not forsake,
Till the moon rose night’s glory to reveal?
Methinks even now I see the tiny tower,
With its mile-long unparapetted bridge,        10
And in the lake, a thousand fathoms down,
Enshrined, reversed, its emerald mountain-ridge,
And feel that earth has still an Eden left,
Nor is of Eden feelings all bereft.
 
 
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