"There is a charmed peace that aye" ["The Alps from Schaffhausen"] [poem]
There is a charmed peace, that aye a
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Sleeps upon the sabbath day
A rest onaround and a calm on high
Though a still small voice speaks from earth and sky, 1
Keep holy the sabbath day
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Keep it holy ever alway
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Sabbath morn was co soft and shroudless
Sabbath noon was calm and cloudless b
Sabbath eve is sinking low 2
Oer the blue Rhines sullen flow
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He has worn a prisoned way
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Neath the round hills bending sway
Far and near their sides you see
Gay with vivid greenery
Many a branch and bough is bending
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Oer the grey rocks grim impending
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Danced the leaves on the bent twigs high
Skeleton like on the evening sky
And the oaks threw wide their jagged spray
On their old straight branches mossed and grey
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And the foam drove down on the waters hue
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Like a wreath of snow on the sapphires blue
And a wreath of mist curled faint and far
Where the cataract drove his dreadful war. 3
The Alps, the Alps, it is no cloud
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Wreathes the plain with its paly shroud,
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The Alps the Alps,—Full far away
The long successive ranges lay 4
Their firm fixed solidity of size
Told that they were not of the skies
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For could that rosy line of light
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The moony gleam of every
Of unimaginable

The moony gleam so far that threw
Its fixed flash above the blue
Of the far hills and Rigis crest 5
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Yet russet from the flamy west,
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Were they not clouds, whose sudden change
Had bound them down an icy range
Was not the wondrous battlement
A thing of the domy firament
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Can things of such aetherial span
Be trodden by the foot of man
Are they of heaven, are they of air.
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Or can earth bring forth a thing so fair
Theres beauty in the sky bound sea
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With its noble sweep of infinity
Theres beauty in the suns last fire,
When the lighteth up his funeral pyre
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There is lovelines in the heavens hue
And theres beauty in the mountains blue
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But look once on the Alps by the sunset quiver
And think on the moment thenceforward for ever 6