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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Switzerland and Austria: Vol. XVI.  1876–79.
 
Switzerland: Einsiedeln
Einsiedeln Abbey
William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 

MID savage rocks, and seas of snow that shine,
Between interminable tracts of pine,
Within a temple stands an awful shrine,
By an uncertain light revealed, that falls
On the mute image and the troubled walls.        5
  O, give not me that eye of hard disdain
That views, undimmed, Einsiedeln’s wretched fane.
While ghastly faces through the gloom appear,
Abortive joy, and hope that works in fear;
While prayer contends with silenced agony,        10
Surely in other thoughts contempt may die.
If the sad grave of human ignorance bear
One flower of hope, O, pass and leave it there!
The tall sun, pausing on an Alpine spire,
Flings o’er the wilderness a stream of fire:        15
Now meet we other pilgrims ere the day
Close on the remnant of their weary way;
While they are drawing toward the sacred floor
Where, so they fondly think, the worm shall gnaw no more.
How gayly murmur and how sweetly taste        20
The fountains reared for them amid the waste!
Their thirst they slake; they wash their toil-worn feet,
And some with tears of joy each other greet.
Yes, I must see you when ye first behold
Those holy turrets tipped with evening gold,        25
In that glad moment will for you a sigh
Be heaved, of charitable sympathy;
In that glad moment when your hands are prest
In mute devotion on the thankful breast!
 
 
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