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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Switzerland and Austria: Vol. XVI.  1876–79.
 
Switzerland: Gemmi, the Mountain
Echo upon the Gemmi
William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
WHAT beast of chase hath broken from the cover?
Stern Gemmi listens to as full a cry,
As multitudinous a harmony
Of sounds, as rang the heights of Latmos over,
When, from the soft couch of her sleeping lover,        5
Up-starting, Cynthia skimmed the mountain-dew
In keen pursuit, and gave, where’er she flew,
Impetuous motion to the stars above her.
A solitary wolf-dog, ranging on
Through the bleak concave, wakes this wondrous chime        10
Of aëry voices locked in unison,—
Faint, far-off, near, deep, solemn and sublime!
So from the body of one guilty deed
A thousand ghostly fears and haunting thoughts proceed!
 
 
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