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AT APPLETHWAITE, NEAR KESWICK

          BEAUMONT! it was thy wish that I should rear
          A seemly Cottage in this sunny Dell,
          On favoured ground, thy gift, where I might dwell
          In neighbourhood with One to me most dear,
          That undivided we from year to year
          Might work in our high Calling--a bright hope
          To which our fancies, mingling, gave free scope
          Till checked by some necessities severe.
          And should these slacken, honoured BEAUMONT! still
          Even then we may perhaps in vain implore                    10
          Leave of our fate thy wishes to fulfil.
          Whether this boon be granted us or not,
          Old Skiddaw will look down upon the Spot
          With pride, the Muses love it evermore.
                                                              1804.


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