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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.

Portugal: Arrabida, the Mountain

The Arrabida Convent

By Francisco Manuel

Translated by R. Southey

FALTER not, pilgrim here! with steady steps

Upward along this dark-o’ershadowed path

Tread cheerily: this is the rugged path

That leads to Heaven. Hark! how the glittering stream,

That sparkles down the mountain, to thine ear

Sends its mild murmurs: round thy throbbing brow,

Pleasant the cool air breathes, and on thy way

The glorious sun shines radiant: canst thou pause?

O pilgrim, hie thee on with holy haste

And enter there, where all the hours are hours

Of life, and every hope, reality.