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


At Malvern

By William Lisle Bowles (1762–1850)

I SHALL behold far off thy towering crest,

Proud mountain! from thy heights as slow I stray

Down through the distant vale my homeward way,

I shall behold upon thy rugged breast

The parting sun sit smiling: me the while

Escaped the crowd, thoughts full of heaviness

May visit, as life’s bitter losses press

Hard on my bosom; but I shall beguile

The thing I am, and think that even as thou

Dost lift in the pale beam thy forehead high,

Proud mountain! whilst the scattered vapors fly

Unheeded round thy breast, so, with calm brow,

The shades of sorrow I may meet, and wear

The smile unchanged of peace, though pressed by care!