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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV. 1876–79.


Lansdown Hill

By Robert Southey (1774–1843)

WITH many a weary step at length I gain

Thy summit, Lansdown; and the cool breeze plays

Gratefully round my brow, as hence I gaze

Back on the fair expanse of yonder plain.

’T was a long way, and tedious; to the eye

Though fair the extended vale, and fair to view

The autumnal leaves of many a faded hue,

That eddy in the wild gust moaning by.

Even so it fared with life: in discontent,

Restless through fortune’s mingled scenes I went,

Yet wept to think they would return no more.

But cease, fond heart! in such sad thoughts to roam;

For surely thou erelong shalt reach thy home,

And pleasant is the way that lies before.