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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Greece and Turkey in Europe: Vol. XIX.  1876–79.
 
Greece: Corfu, the Island
A Night at Corfu
Aubrey Thomas de Vere (1814–1902)
 
A HOARY gleam through boughs prevailing
  Tells me how near the ocean lies,
    Here caged in many a waveless lake
    By cypressed ridge and shadowy brake:
Far off the nightingale is wailing:        5
  More near the watery grot replies.
 
The forest growths are rocked and dandled
  By airs with midnight odors faint,
    Soft, separate airs, o’er feathered grass
    That pass me often and repass,        10
Like naked feet of nymphs unsandalled
  That tread each lawn and alley quaint.
 
No voice is heard of mortal creature!
  No voice,—yet I am not alone:
    Nausicaa and her virgin train        15
    Still haunt the woodland, skirt the main,
And deck for me with human feature
  Each glimmering branch and white-browed stone.
 
When with those maids the exile sported
  The fireflies lit, as now, the glen:        20
    That rose its blush to-day which gave
    And bosom to the aspiring wave,
Descends from one old Ocean courted,
  On the same cliff it may be, then!
 
I see not now those hills whose summits        25
  In August keep their ermined robes;
    But feel their freshness, know that round
    They gird the steely gulfs profound
With feet that mock the seamen’s plummets,
  And foreheads crowned with starry globes.        30
 
But see! vast beams divide the heaven;
  The orange-groves their blossoms show;
    Over yon kindling deep the Moon
    Will lash her snowy coursers soon:
Now, by her brow the east is riven!        35
  And now the west returns the glow!
 
 
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