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   English Poetry III: From Tennyson to Whitman.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
743. In the Highlands
 
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894)
 
 
IN the highlands, in the country places,
Where the old plain men have rosy faces,
    And the young fair maidens
        Quiet eyes;
Where essential silence chills and blesses,        5
And for ever in the hill-recesses
    Her more lovely music
        Broods and dies—
 
O to mount again where erst I haunted;
Where the old red hills are bird-enchanted,        10
    And the low green meadows
        Bright with sward;
And when even dies, the million-tinted,
And the night has come, and planets glinted,
    Lo, the valley hollow        15
        Lamp-bestarr’d!
 
O to dream, O to awake and wander
There, and with delight to take and render,
    Through the trance of silence,
        Quiet breath!        20
Lo! for there, among the flowers and grasses,
Only the mightier movement sounds and passes;
    Only winds and rivers,
        Life and death.
 

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