Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Spain, Portugal, Belgium, and Holland: Vols. XIV–XV. 1876–79.

Spain: Lugares


By Robert Southey (1774–1843)

ANOTHER mountain yet! I thought this brow

Had surely been the summit; but they rise

Hill above hill, amid the incumbent skies,

And mock my labor. What a giddy height!

The roar of yonder stream that foams below

Meets but at fits mine ear: ah me! my sight

Shrinks from this upward toil, and, sore opprest,

Sad I bethink me of my home of rest.

Such is the lot of man. Up life’s steep road

Painful he drags, beguiling the long way

With many a vain thought on the future day

With Peace to sojourn in her calm abode.

Poor fool of hope! that hour will never come

Till time and care have led thee to the tomb.