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POEMS ON THE NAMING OF PLACES

V. TO M. H.

          OUR walk was far among the ancient trees:
          There was no road, nor any woodman's path;
          But a thick umbrage--checking the wild growth
          Of weed and sapling, along soft green turf
          Beneath the branches--of itself had made
          A track, that brought us to a slip of lawn,
          And a small bed of water in the woods.
          All round this pool both flocks and herds might drink
          On its firm margin, even as from a well,
          Or some stone-basin which the herdsman's hand               10
          Had shaped for their refreshment; nor did sun,
          Or wind from any quarter, ever come,
          But as a blessing to this calm recess,
          This glade of water and this one green field.
          The spot was made by Nature for herself;
          The travellers know it not, and 'twill remain
          Unknown to them; but it is beautiful;
          And if a man should plant his cottage near,
          Should sleep beneath the shelter of its trees,
          And blend its waters with his daily meal,                   20
          He would so love it, that in his death-hour
          Its image would survive among his thoughts:
          And therefore, my sweet MARY, this still Nook,
          With all its beeches, we have named from You!
                                                              1800.


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