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The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 4. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Personal Poems (search)
s woods were seen, With many a nameless slide-scarred crest And pine-dark gorge between. Beyond them, like a sun-rimmed cloud, The great Notch mountains shone, Watched over by the solemn-browed And awful face of stone! ‘A good look-off!’ the driver spake: “About this time, last year, I drove a party to the Lake, And stopped, at evening, here. Twas duskish down below; but all These hills stood in the sun, Till, dipped behind yon purple wall, He left them, one by one. A lady, who, from Thornton hill, Had held her place outside, And, as a pleasant woman will, Had cheered the long, dull ride, Besought me, with so sweet a smile, That—though I hate delays— I could not choose but rest awhile,— (These women have such ways!) On yonder mossy ledge she sat, Her sketch upon her knees, A stray brown lock beneath her hat Unrolling in the breeze; Her sweet face, in the sunset light Upraised and glorified,— I never saw a prettier sight In all my mountain ride. As good as fair; it seemed