This true that Nature strews with stones your rugged ground, yet the plough finds its way, and seedings green the drills; she raised the Alpine chain to shield you all around, since man himself it is that brings man's direst ills. Your drink is water pure, and milk supplies your food, and hunger relish lends to acorns' humble brew.

-- Albrecht von Haller, "Die Alpen (Gedicht)" 1732
the translation from "Alpine views: Alexandre Calame and Swiss landscape" ISBN 0300121385