Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Asia: Vols. XXI–XXIII. 1876–79.

India: Himalaya, the Mountains


By John Bruce Norton (1815–1883)

A WANDERER once upon the snowy range

Of Himalaya, on one vapory morn,

I saw stand on a peak, rugged and torn,

A giant figure, vast and dim and strange,

As is the Brocken Spectre: what a change

Came o’er my vision, when the sun had shorn

The mists away, and I, much nearer borne,

Beheld the golden lights and clouds arrange

Their glory round no Spirit, but a man:

New hopes beat down and banished false alarms;

I longed for converse in that lonely place:

Toward my fellow-creature swift I ran:

My heart leaped up when I beheld his face;

And lo! I clasped my brother in my arms.