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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
America: Vols. XXV–XXIX. 1876–79.

Western States: San Francisco, Cal.

Lone Mountain

By Bret Harte (1836–1902)


THIS is that hill of awe

That Persian Sindbad saw,—

The mount magnetic;

And on its seaward face,

Scattered along its base,

The wrecks prophetic.

Here come the argosies

Blown by each idle breeze,

To and fro shifting;

Yet to the hill of Fate

All drawing, soon or late,—

Day by day drifting;—

Drifting forever here

Barks that for many a year

Braved wind and weather;

Shallops but yesterday

Launched on yon shining bay,—

Drawn all together.

This is the end of all:

Sun thyself by the wall,

O poorer Hindbad!

Envy not Sindbad’s fame:

Here come alike the same,

Hindbad and Sindbad.