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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV. 1876–79.

Burton Pynsent

Sunset at Burton Pynsent, Somerset

By Henry Alford (1810–1871)

HOW bare and bright thou sinkest to thy rest

Over the burnished line of the Severn sea!

While somewhat of thy power thou buriest

In ruddy mists, that we may look on thee.

And while we stand and wonder, we may see

Far mountain-tops in visible glory drest,

Where ’twixt yon purple hills the sight is free

To search the regions of the dim northwest.

But shadowy bars have crossed thee,—suddenly

Thou ’rt fallen among strange clouds; yet not the less

Thy presence know we, by the radiancy

That doth thy shroud with golden fringes dress;

Even as hidden love to faithful eye

Brightens the edges of obscure distress.