Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
America: Vols. XXV–XXIX. 1876–79.

New England: White Mountains, N. H.


By Lucy Larcom (1826–1893)

THE PIONEER of a great company

That wait behind him, gazing toward the east,—

Mighty ones all, down to the nameless least,—

Though after him none dares to press, where he

With bent head listens to the minstrelsy

Of far waves chanting to the moon, their priest.

What phantom rises up from winds deceased?

What whiteness of the unapproachable sea?

Hoary Chocorua guards his mystery well:

He pushes back his fellows, lest they hear

The haunting secret he apart must tell

To his lone self, in the sky-silence clear.

A shadowy, cloud-cloaked wraith, with shoulders bowed,

He steals, conspicuous, from the mountain-crowd.