The Fall of the Aar – Handec

FROM the fierce aspect of this River throwing
His giant body o’er the steep rock’s brink,
Back in astonishment and fear we shrink:
But, gradually a calmer look bestowing,
Flowers we espy beside the torrent growing;
Flowers that peep forth from many a cleft and chink,
And, from the whirlwind of his anger, drink
Hues ever fresh, in rocky fortress blowing:
They suck, from breath that threatening to destroy,
Is more benignant than the dewy eve,
Beauty, and life, and motions as of joy:
Nor doubt but HE to whom yon Pine-trees nod
Their heads in sign of worship, Nature’s God,
These humbler adorations will receive.

(William Wordsworth, Memorials of a tour on the continent, 1820)


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