Not far from the ice stretches, full of fodder-rich pasture,
A fertile hillside stretches its broad back;
Its gentle slope gleams with ripening grain,
And its hills are heavy with a hundred herds.
The near object of different zones
Only a narrow valley separates, where cool shadows dwell.
Here a steep mountain shows wall-like peaks,
A forest stream rushes through and falls upon fall.
Albrecht von Haller, Die Alpen, 1729.