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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: Cangas de Tineo

Roderick at Cangas

By Robert Southey (1774–1843)

HOW calmly gliding through the dark-blue sky

The midnight moon ascends! Her placid beams

Through thinly scattered leaves and boughs grotesque

Mottle with mazy shades the orchard slope;

Here, o’er the chestnut’s fretted foliage gray

And massy, motionless they spread; here shine

Upon the crags, deepening with blacker night

Their chasms; and there the glittering argentry

Ripples and glances on the confluent streams.

A lovelier, purer light than that of day

Rests on the hills; and O, how awfully

Into that deep and tranquil firmament

The summits of Auseva rise serene!

The watchman on the battlements partakes

The stillness of the solemn hour; he feels

The silence of the earth, the endless sound

Of flowing water soothes him, and the stars,

Which in that brightest moonlight wellnigh quenched

Scarce visible, as in the utmost depth

Of yonder sapphire infinite, are seen,

Draw on with elevating influence

Toward eternity the attempered mind.