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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Switzerland and Austria: Vol. XVI. 1876–79.

Switzerland: Zurich, the Lake

On the Lake of Zurich

By James Cochrane

RICHMOND, dost thou remember Rapperschwyl,

And the sweet banks of Zurich’s lovely lake,

As on its bridge we leisurely ’gan wheel;

And how you trembled when you felt it shake;

How the old tower sent forth a merry peal,

Making the mountain echoes all awake?

And how the garden we could not forsake,

Till the moon rose night’s glory to reveal?

Methinks even now I see the tiny tower,

With its mile-long unparapetted bridge,

And in the lake, a thousand fathoms down,

Enshrined, reversed, its emerald mountain-ridge,

And feel that earth has still an Eden left,

Nor is of Eden feelings all bereft.