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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Switzerland and Austria: Vol. XVI.  1876–79.
 
Austria: Carpathian Mountains, Hungary
The Frontier
Edna Dean Proctor (1829–1923)
 
O THE GLORIOUS purple line
  Of the mountains lifted along the west!
Bright, in the sun, their summits shine;
  Dark, in the shade, their valleys rest.
Cossack and Tartar may hold the plains,        5
  And the rivers that creep to a tideless sea;
Mine be the heights where the eagle reigns,
  And cataracts thunder, and winds blow free!
 
Not for the steepe, with its desert sheen,
  From Austria’s border to China’s wall,        10
Would I give the upland pasture’s green,
  The beech-tree’s shadow, the brooklet’s fall.
Vanish, O weary, mournful level!
  Welcome, O wind my brow that fans!
In the splendor of earth again I revel,        15
  Greeting the purple Carpathians!
 
 
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