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ON THE MOUNTAIN, by            
First Line: When from this mighty mountain's top
Last Line: Its sudden fall or rise.
Alternate Author Name(s): Davies, W. H.
Subject(s): Mountains; Hills; Downs (great Britain)

When from this mighty mountain's top
My wandering eyes go forth,
Trees look like bonnets, fields like flags,
In all those miles of earth.
I see afar big towns look now
Like flocks of sheep washed white;
And villages -- their straggling lambs --
May never meet my sight.

Windows -- no more than drops of dew --
Are sparkling in the green;
The sun in heaven seems small indeed,
To light so vast a scene.
A mighty stretch of land like this,
Doth make me shut my eyes;
For when I look I fear to see
Its sudden fall or rise.

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