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

Switzerland: Chillon

The Castle of Chillon

By Letitia Elizabeth Landon (1802–1838)

FAIR lake, thy lovely and thy haunted shore

Hath only echoes for the poet’s lute;

None may tread there but with unsandalled foot,

Submissive to the great who went before,

Filled with the mighty memories of yore.

And yet how mournful are the records there:

Captivity and exile and despair

Did they endure who now endure no more,—

The patriot, the woman, and the bard,

Whose names thy winds and waters bear along;

What did the world bestow for their reward

But suffering, sorrow, bitterness, and wrong?

Genius! a hard and weary lot is thine,—

The heart thy fuel, and the grave thy shrine.