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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Switzerland and Austria: Vol. XVI.  1876–79.
 
Austria: Tyrol
Evening Song of the Tyrolese Peasants
Felicia Hemans (1793–1835)
 
COME to the sunset tree!
  The day is past and gone;
The woodman’s axe lies free,
  And the reaper’s work is done.
 
The twilight star to heaven,        5
  And the summer dew to flowers,
And rest to us is given
  By the cool soft evening hours.
 
Sweet is the hour of rest!
  Pleasant the wind’s low sigh,        10
And the gleaming of the west,
  And the turf whereon we lie.
 
When the burden and the heat
  Of labor’s task are o’er,
And kindly voices greet        15
  The tired one at his door,
 
Come to the sunset tree!
  The day is past and gone;
The woodman’s axe lies free,
  And the reaper’s work is done.        20
 
Yes; tuneful is the sound
  That dwells in whispering boughs,
Welcome the freshness round,
  And the gale that fans our brows.
 
But rest more sweet and still        25
  Than ever nightfall gave,
Our longing hearts shall fill
  In the world beyond the grave.
 
There shall no tempest blow,
  No scorching noontide heat;        30
There shall be no more snow,
  No weary wandering feet.
 
And we lift our trusting eyes,
  From the hills our fathers trod,
To the quiet of the skies,        35
  To the Sabbath of our God.
 
Come to the sunset tree!
  The day is past and gone;
The woodman’s axe lies free,
  And the reaper’s work is done!        40
 
 
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