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

Spain: Mountains of Spain

Mountains of Spain

By Robert Southey (1774–1843)

(From Count Pedro’s Castle)

LO, there the Asturian hills! Far in the west,

Huge Rabanal and Foncebadon huge,

Pre-eminent, their giant bulk display,

Darkening with earliest shade the distant vales

Of Leon, and with evening premature.

Far in Cantabria eastward, the long line

Extends beyond the reach of eagle’s eye,

When buoyant in mid-heaven the bird of Jove

Soars at his loftiest pitch. In the north, before

The travellers the Erbasian mountains rise,

Bounding the land beloved, their native land.