MEMORIALS OF A TOUR ON THE CONTINENT
NEAR THE OUTLET OF THE LAKE OF THUN
Aloys Reding, it will be remembered, was Captain-General of the
Swiss forces, which, with a courage and perseverance worthy of the
cause, opposed the flagitious and too successful attempt of
Buonaparte to subjugate their country.
AROUND a wild and woody hill
A gravelled pathway treading,
We reached a votive Stone that bears
The name of Aloys Reding.
Well judged the Friend who placed it there
For silence and protection;
And haply with a finer care
Of dutiful affection.
The Sun regards it from the West;
And, while in summer glory
He sets, his sinking yields a type
Of that pathetic story:
And oft he tempts the patriot Swiss
Amid the grove to linger;
Till all is dim, save this bright Stone
Touched by his golden finger.