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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
France: Vols. IX–X. 1876–79.

Savoy: Mont Blanc

To a Flower on the Skirts of Mont Blanc

By Aubrey Thomas de Vere (1814–1902)

WITH heart not yet half rested from Mont Blanc,

O’er thee, small flower, my wearied eyes I bent,

And rested on that humbler vision long.

Is there less beauty in thy purple tent

Outspread, perchance a boundless firmament

O’er viewless myriads which beneath thee throng,

Than in that mount whose sides, with ruin hung,

Frown o’er black glens and gorges thunder-rent?

Is there less mystery? Wisely if we ponder,

Thine is the mightier marvel. Life in thee

Is strong as in cherubic wings that wander,

Seeking the limits of Infinity;—

Life, life to be transmitted, not to expire

Till yonder snowy vault shall melt in the last fire!