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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Switzerland and Austria: Vol. XVI.  1876–79.
 
Switzerland: Geneva, the Lake (Lake Leman)
Midnight at Geneva
Francis Turner Palgrave (1824–1897)
 
THE AZURE lake is argent now
  Beneath the pale moonshine:
I seek a sign of hope in heaven:
  Fair Pole-star! thou art mine.
 
A thousand other beacons blaze,        5
  I follow thee alone,
Beyond the shadowy Jura range,
  The Jura and the Rhone;
 
Beyond the purpling vineyards trim
  Of sunny Clos Vougeot;        10
Beyond where Seine’s brown waves beneath
  The Norman orchards go;
 
Till, where the silver waters wash
  The white-walled northern isle,
My heart outruns these laggart limbs        15
  To the long-sighed-for smile.
 
 
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