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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Switzerland and Austria: Vol. XVI.  1876–79.
 
Austria: Untersberg
Barbarossa
Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel (1834–1894)
 
(From The Roses of Bazeilles)

DEEP in a mountain’s caverned hall,
It is whispered low,
Waits in a weird, sepulchral glow
An arméd phantom, crowned and tall,
Whose hoary beard of centuries        5
Grows on the gray stone where it lies;
While jewelled knights with glittering eyes
Glower round
In trance profound.
 
Anon, at age-long intervals,        10
The ghostly king
Sends a raven of sable wing
From his stupendous prison-walls,
To learn how near the fated hour
When he may reassume the power,—        15
Behold! no raven comes again.
 
Behold! the raven devours the slain!
Vaults asunder
Burst in thunder!
Lo! in the hall of mirrors yonder,        20
In a palace consecrate to all
Age-long glories of the Gaul,
A German wears imperial
Purple: Barbarossa lives!
The ghost of a dark age revives,        25
And the heart of every freeman dies,
Seeing him rise!
 
 
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