Rugged mountains, where the eagle Wheels in widening circles slow;
Mighty hills, whose peaked summits, Covered with eternal snow,
Stand like angel sentinels guarding Far and wide the land below !
Trackless forests, dark and lonely, Where man's foot hath never trod ;
Howls the wolf, and screams the panther, Face to face with Nature's God!
Here the haughty stag advancing, Kingly power undaunted sways ;
Here the timid hare bounds fearless Through the brushwood underways;
In his native marsh the heron Seeks the waters of his love,
While in geometric figure
Sail the wild-duck far above.
Company of man disturbs not,
All in careless freedom rove !
Lakes and streamlets ever changing, Yet in beauty changeless still
As when first Old Night and Chaos Bent obedient to His will !