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MEMORIALS OF A TOUR IN SCOTLAND, 1803

XI. SONNET

COMPOSED AT ------ CASTLE

          DEGENERATE Douglas! oh, the unworthy Lord!
          Whom mere despite of heart could so far please,
          And love of havoc, (for with such disease
          Fame taxes him,) that he could send forth word
          To level with the dust a noble horde,
          A brotherhood of venerable Trees,
          Leaving an ancient dome, and towers like these,
          Beggared and outraged!--Many hearts deplored
          The fate of those old Trees; and oft with pain
          The traveller, at this day, will stop and gaze              10
          On wrongs, which Nature scarcely seems to heed:
          For sheltered places, bosoms, nooks, and bays,
          And the pure mountains, and the gentle Tweed,
          And the green silent pastures, yet remain.
                                                              1803.


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