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


To Moscow

By Edna Dean Proctor (1829–1923)

ACROSS the steppe we journeyed,

The brown, fir-darkened plain

That rolls to east and rolls to west,

Broad as the billowy main,

When lo! a sudden splendor

Came shimmering through the air,

As if the clouds should melt and leave

The heights of heaven bare,—

A maze of rainbow domes and spires

Full glorious on the sky,

With wafted chimes from many a tower

As the south-wind went by,

And a thousand crosses lightly hung

That shone like morning stars,—

’T was the Kremlin wall! ’t was Moscow,—

The jewel of the Czars!