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

Norway: Lindesnaes


By Bayard Taylor (1825–1878)

(From Lars)

CALM autumn skies were o’er them, and the sea

Swelled in unwrinkled glass: they scarcely knew

How sped the voyage, until Lindesnaes,

At first a cloud, stood fast, and spread away

To flanking capes, with gaps of blue between;

Then rose, and showed, above the precipice,

The firs of Norway climbing thick and high

To wilder crests that made the inland gloom.

In front, the sprinkled skerries pierced the wave;

Between them, slowly glided in and out

The tawny sails, while houses low and red

Hailed their return, or sent them fearless forth.