"Passing the Alps" [poem]
Passing the Alps.
To day we pass the Alps, 1 to day
High oer the barrier winds our way
Ruskin's line number
325

The barrier of boundless length 2
The Queen of nations, 3 in her strength
Considered its recesses lone
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5

Beseeming bulwark for her throne
Until her Carthaginian foe
Ruskin's line number
330

Had soiled the yet unsullied snow
The eagle drove from her retreat
And woke the echoes from their sleep
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10

That neer had answered before
Save to the Avalanches roar. 4
Ruskin's line number
335

Methinks upon the mountain side
I see the billows of that tide
Of men and horses headlong driven
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15

As clouds before the blast of heaven
That ever change their hurrying form
Ruskin's line number
340

In dark foreboding of the storm
When the low suns last light is shed
In glowing streaks of swarthy red
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20

And from his cave with fitful swell
Wakes the wild tempest sounding shell
Ruskin's line number
345

So see the plumes in dark array
Roll on their yet untrodden way
Unbroken, yet with dreadful sweep
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25

Mark you that stormy changeful deep
Wave after wave is eddying on
Ruskin's line number
350

And crested casque, and morion,
Flash frequent, as the lightning flies
Among the armies of the skies.
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30

But fiercer storm is gathering now
Than ever broke on Alpine brow
Ruskin's line number
355

And wild shall the confusion be
The strife of that tremendous sea,
When bursting from the Alpine chain,
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35

It meets the storm on Cannæs plain.— 5