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[85] Of chill wind menaced; then a strong blast beat
     Down the long valley's murmuring pines, and woke
The noon-dream of the sleeping lake, and broke
     Its smooth steel mirror at the mountains' feet.

Thunderous and vast, a fire-veined darkness swept
     Over the rough pine-bearded Asquam range;
A wraith of tempest, wonderful and strange,
     From peak to peak the cloudy giant stepped.

One moment, as if challenging the storm,
     Chocorua's tall, defiant sentinel
Looked from his watch-tower; then the shadow fell,
     And the wild rain-drift blotted out his form.

And over all the still unhidden sun,
     Weaving its light through slant-blown veils of rain,
Smiled on the trouble, as hope smiles on pain;
     And, when the tumult and the strife were done,

With one foot on the lake and one on land,
     Framing within his crescent's tinted streak
A far-off picture of the Melvin peak,
     Spent broken clouds the rainbow's angel spanned.

1882.

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