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

Switzerland: Geneva, the Lake (Lake Leman)

Lake Leman

By Lord Byron (1788–1824)

ROUSSEAU, Voltaire, our Gibbon, and de Staël,—

Leman! these names are worthy of thy shore,

Thy shore of names like these; wert thou no more,

Their memory thy remembrance would recall:

To them thy banks were lovely as to all;

But they have made them lovelier, for the lore

Of mighty minds doth hallow in the core

Of human hearts the ruin of a wall

Where dwelt the wise and wondrous; but by thee

How much more, Lake of Beauty! do we feel,

In sweetly gliding o’er thy crystal sea,

The wild glow of that not ungentle zeal,

Which of the heirs of immortality

Is proud, and makes the breath of glory real!