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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV. 1876–79.


A Remembrance of Grasmere

By Felicia Hemans (1793–1835)

O VALE and lake, within your mountain urn

Smiling so tranquilly, and set so deep!

Oft doth your dreamy loveliness return,

Coloring the tender shadows of my sleep

With light Elysian; for the hues that steep

Your shores in melting lustre seem to float

On golden clouds from spirit-lands remote,

Isles of the blest, and in our memory keep

Their place with holiest harmonies. Fair scene,

Most loved by evening and her dewy star!

O, ne’er may man, with touch unhallowed, jar

The perfect music of thy charm serene!

Still, still unchanged, may one sweet region wear

Smiles that subdue the soul to love and tears and prayer.