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ANIMAL TRANQUILLITY AND DECAY

                        THE little hedgerow birds,
          That peck along the roads, regard him not.
          He travels on, and in his face, his step,
          His gait, is one expression: every limb,
          His look and bending figure, all bespeak
          A man who does not move with pain, but moves
          With thought.--He is insensibly subdued
          To settled quiet: he is one by whom
          All effort seems forgotten; one to whom
          Long patience hath such mild composure given,               10
          That patience now doth seem a thing of which
          He hath no need. He is by nature led
          To peace so perfect that the young behold
          With envy, what the Old Man hardly feels.
                                                              1798.


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