Poets | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
September 27th, 2016 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 316,770 comments.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - Excelsior

The shades of night were falling fast,
As through an Alpine village passed
A youth, who bore, 'mid snow and ice,
A banner with the strange device,
Excelsior!

His brow was sad; his eye beneath,
Flashed like a falchion from its sheath,
And like a silver clarion rung
The accents of that unknown tongue,
Excelsior!

In happy homes he saw the light
Of household fires gleam warm and bright;
Above, the spectral glaciers shone,
And from his lips escaped a groan,
Excelsior!

"Try not the Pass!" the old man said:
"Dark lowers the tempest overhead,
The roaring torrent is deep and wide!
And loud that clarion voice replied,
Excelsior!

"Oh stay," the maiden said, "and rest
Thy weary head upon this breast!"
A tear stood in his bright blue eye,
But still he answered, with a sigh,
Excelsior!

"Beware the pine-tree's withered branch!
Beware the awful avalanche!"
This was the peasant's last Good-night,
A voice replied, far up the height,
Excelsior!

At break of day, as heavenward
The pious monks of Saint Bernard
Uttered the oft-repeated prayer,
A voice cried through the startled air,
Excelsior!

A traveller, by the faithful hound,
Half-buried in the snow was found,
Still grasping in his hand of ice
That banner with the strange device,
Excelsior!

There in the twilight cold and gray,
Lifeless, but beautiful, he lay,
And from the sky, serene and far,
A voice fell, like a falling star,
Excelsior!

Share |

Added: Feb 1 2004 | Viewed: 3850 times | Comments and analysis of Excelsior by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Comments (315)

Excelsior - Comments and Information

Poet: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Poem: 12. Excelsior
Volume: Ballads and Other Poems

Comment 315 of 315, added on August 4th, 2016 at 1:44 AM.
XzDNwLJOZjzYcmamBb

xg2Llo Really enjoyed this article.Really looking forward to read more. Great.

pron master from Egypt
Comment 314 of 315, added on July 5th, 2016 at 9:09 PM.
RSgZSCmUWEsG

LtPKEt Looking around I like to browse in various places on the internet, often I will go to Stumble Upon and read and check stuff out

pork movies from China
Comment 313 of 315, added on May 16th, 2016 at 4:45 AM.
GROoHkNNGuDBafeHig

uwJMsZ Thank you ever so for you blog article.Much thanks again. Awesome.

big dildos from Costa Rica

Are you looking for more information on this poem? Perhaps you are trying to analyze it? The poem, Excelsior, has received 315 comments. Click here to read them, and perhaps post a comment of your own.

Poem Info

Longfellow Info
Copyright © 2000-2015 Gunnar Bengtsson. All Rights Reserved. Links