Sonnet On An Edelweiss by Frances Anne Kemble

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Where huge rock buttresses bear up the clouds,
With all their floating reservoirs of rain,
Where the wide winding sheet of snow enshrouds
The glacier’s sapphire clefts and glittering plain,
This flow’r is found—the well-nam’d Edelweiss.
Of frozen beds of foam and fields of ice,
Soft downy blossom—type of purity,
Of courage high and low humility,
Fast-rooted Love clinging to dire mischance.
Faith fixed as Fate defying circumstance,
O’er the unstable seas thee do I send,
Star of the steadfast mountains, to the friend
In whom thy loftiest, lowliest graces meet.
Bloom, Edelweiss, at her beloved feet!

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