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

Various Islands: Madeira

The Island of Madeira

By Richard Chenevix Trench (1807–1886)

THOUGH never axe until a later day

Assailed thy forests’ huge antiquity,

Yet elder Fame had many tales of thee,—

Whether Phœnician shipman far astray

Had brought uncertain notices away

Of islands dreaming in the middle sea;

Or that man’s heart, which struggles to be free

From the old worn-out world, had never stay

Till, for a place to rest on, it had found

A region out of ken,—that happier isle,

Which the mild ocean-breezes blow around,—

Where they who thrice upon this mortal stage

Had kept their hands from wrong, their hearts from guile,

Should come at length, and live a tearless age.