"It was an eve of summer, mild" ["Lago Maggiore"] [poem]
It was an eve of summer, mild, a 890
As ever looked the pale moon through
That the deep waters were beguiled
Into such rest, that as the blue,
The moveless blue of the high heaven
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Such sleep was to the waters
low lake
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That as in lethargy it lay 1
Waveless and tideless, soft and grey
As chasmless glacier, b Voicelessly
The little barks came gliding by
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Apparently without a wind900
Leaving long ripply wakes behind,
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It would have seemed a lifeless sea
But there arose colossally 2
Beyond the mist horizon, where,
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The waters mingled with the air905
The spirits of gigantic things,
Lords of the earth and air and sky. 3
Where the white heaven cloud in his gathering
around them
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Concealment everlastingly
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The mountain snow, like scattered flocks910
Speckled on high the red ribbed rocks,
Or down the ravines rolling blue
Its crisped surge oer the green fields threw
Flinging the icewaves far and wide
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Like the tortured spray of the ocean tide915
On the green of the meadows and mountain side
Breaking broad oer the mountain side

Yet was there such a softness shed
Upon the rude alps stormy head
On massive wood and stormy
russet
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Flashing river and polished g lake c 920