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FROM THE CONCLUSION OF A POEM,

COMPOSED IN ANTICIPATION OF LEAVING SCHOOL

          DEAR native regions, I foretell,
          From what I feel at this farewell,
          That, wheresoe'er my steps may tend,
          And whensoe'er my course shall end,
          If in that hour a single tie
          Survive of local sympathy,
          My soul will cast the backward view,
          The longing look alone on you.

          Thus, while the Sun sinks down to rest
          Far in the regions of the west,                             10
          Though to the vale no parting beam
          Be given, not one memorial gleam,
          A lingering light he fondly throws
          On the dear hills where first he rose.
                                                              1786.


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