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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
America: Vols. XXV–XXIX. 1876–79.

New England: Blue Mountains, Me.

The Distant Mountain-range

By Lucy Larcom (1826–1893)

THEY beckon from their sunset domes afar,

Light’s royal priesthood, the eternal hills:

Though born of earth, robed of the sky they are;

And the anointing radiance heaven distils

On their high brows, the air with glory fills.

The portals of the west are opened wide;

And lifted up, absolved from earthly ills,

All thoughts, a reverent throng, to worship glide.

The hills interpret heavenly mysteries,

The mysteries of Light,—an open book

Of Revelation: see, its leaves unfold

With crimson borderings, and lines of gold!

Where the rapt reader, though soul-deep his look,

Dreams of a glory deeper than he sees.