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Poem by Francis Turner Palgrave

In the Valley of the Grande Chartreuse

TORRENT under lofty beeches, under larches cresting high;
Wanderer by the wandering stranger slipping softly, surely by;

Born among Savoyan snows and where St. Bruno, hid with God,
Far from kindly human love, the road of tears and rapture trod;

Joining then the valley-streamlet, then the golden-green Isère,
Then where Rhones broad current to the blue their lordly burden bear;

Torrent under lofty beeches, under larches cresting high,
Thou art southward set, and southward all thy waters strain and fly,

Sunny South,oer slope and summit the gray mist of olive spread.
Terrace high oer terrace climbing, lines of white, vine-garlanded.

Ah, another vision calls me, calls me to the Northern isle,
Voices from beyond the mountain, smiles that dim the suns own smile,

And I set my soul against thee, water of the Southern sea:
Thine are not the currents toward the haven where my heart would be.

Francis Turner Palgrave

Francis Turner Palgrave's other poems:
  1. Elizabeth at Tilbury
  2. A Night Journey
  3. Sir Hugh Willoughby
  4. England Once More
  5. A Crusader's Tomb

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