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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps. A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes. 1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889

Mount Shasta

By Joaquin (Cincinnatus Hiner) Miller (1837–1913)

TO lord all Godland! lift the brow

Familiar to the noon,—to top

The universal world,—to prop

The hollow heavens up,—to vow

Stern constancy with stars,—to keep

Eternal ward while eons sleep;

To tower calmly up and touch

God’s purple garment-hems that sweep

The cold blue north! Oh, this were much!

Where storm-born shadows hide and hunt

I knew thee in my glorious youth.

I loved thy vast face, white as truth.

I stood where thunderbolts were wont

To smite thy Titan-fashioned front,

And heard rent mountains rock and roll.

I saw thy lightning’s gleaming rod

Reach forth and write on heaven’s scroll

The awful autograph of God!