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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Switzerland and Austria: Vol. XVI. 1876–79.

Switzerland: Gemmi, the Mountain

Echo upon the Gemmi

By William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

WHAT beast of chase hath broken from the cover?

Stern Gemmi listens to as full a cry,

As multitudinous a harmony

Of sounds, as rang the heights of Latmos over,

When, from the soft couch of her sleeping lover,

Up-starting, Cynthia skimmed the mountain-dew

In keen pursuit, and gave, where’er she flew,

Impetuous motion to the stars above her.

A solitary wolf-dog, ranging on

Through the bleak concave, wakes this wondrous chime

Of aëry voices locked in unison,—

Faint, far-off, near, deep, solemn and sublime!

So from the body of one guilty deed

A thousand ghostly fears and haunting thoughts proceed!