Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, MOUNT AGASSIZ, by CHARLOTTE FISKE BATES

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MOUNT AGASSIZ, by                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Before this mountain bore his well-loved name
Last Line: Went prayer in horeb silence unto god.
Alternate Author Name(s): Roge, Mme.
Subject(s): Agassiz, Mount, New Hampshire; Mountains; Hills; Downs (great Britain)

BEFORE this mountain bore his well-loved name
Whose greatness runs through both the hemispheres,
Whose life-work, after death, but swells his fame,
Whose sudden loss set Science' self in tears, --
I stood upon it; now if I were there
Among the flocking thoughts would this one brood, --
Mount Agassiz! It must have known such prayer
As rose at Penikese where once he stood
Pleading with Heaven, yet uttering not a word,
Leading the face and spirit of that throng
On through an awe-hinged gate, that swung unheard,
Into His presence where all souls belong: --
So doubtless, here, with noisy words unshod,
Went Prayer in Horeb silence unto God.

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