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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
 
Switzerland
By Lilla (Cabot) Perry
 
WHERE snowy peaks on peaks reach to the sky,
And giant solitudes stretch far around,
Where undulating whiteness on the ground
And clouds scarce whiter far above me lie,
What is it that so lifts my soul on high?        5
While all is silence but for the faint sound
Of mountain torrents in yon chasm profound
That seek the ocean, though they know not why.
 
Great Life above us all, does my soul seek
Thee, as the unconscious torrent seeks the sea?        10
Is it Thy greatness that I feel in me,
This sense of life and beauty, that doth speak
To every fibre of my bounding heart,
That leaps to know Thee whole, myself a part?
 
 
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