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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
France: Vols. IX–X. 1876–79.


For the Cenotaph at Ermenonville

By Robert Southey (1774–1843)

STRANGER! the man of nature lies not here:

Enshrined far distant by the scoffer’s side

His relics rest, there by the giddy throng

With blind idolatry alike revered.

Wiselier directed hare thy pilgrim feet

Explored the scenes of Ermenonville. Rousseau

Loved these calm haunts of solitude and peace;

Here he has heard the murmurs of the lake,

And the soft rustling of the poplar grove

When o’er its bending boughs the passing wind

Swept a gray shade. Here, if thy breast be full,

If in thine eye the tear devout should gush,

His spirit shall behold thee, to thine home

From hence returning, purified of heart.