Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Scotland: Vols. VI–VIII. 1876–79.

Denmark: Huen, the Island


By Pierre Daniel Huet (1630–1721)

  • Translated by J. Duncombe
  • This island was given to Tycho Brahe, for his life, by Frederick II., King of Denmark, together with a large pension. And on August 8, 1576, this great astronomer laid the foundation of his famous observatory, or castle, called Uranienburg, where he resided twenty-one years. He died at Prague, to which city he went on the invitation of the Emperor Rodolphus II. in 1601, aged 55.

  • ONCE sacred to the starry skies,

    In the mid ocean Huen lies;

    Now lost to fame, the fisher’s guile

    Is all the study of the isle.

    Thither I fled; with pious awe

    I there great Tycho’s mansion saw;

    And midst his structures, now decayed,

    With musing melancholy strayed.