Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Americas: Vol. XXX. 1876–79.

South America: Andes, the Mountains

The Andes

By William Lisle Bowles (1762–1850)

(From The Spirit of Discovery by Sea)

BEYOND the misty main

The weary eye scarce wanders, when behold

Plata, through vaster territory poured;

And Andes, sweeping the horizon’s tract,

Mightiest of mountains! whose eternal snows

Feel not the nearer sun; whose umbrage chills

The murmuring ocean; whose volcanic fires

A thousand nations view, hung like the moon

High in the middle waste of heaven; thy range,

Shading far off the Southern hemisphere,

A dusky file Titanic.