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"YES, IT WAS THE MOUNTAIN ECHO"

          YES, it was the mountain Echo,
          Solitary, clear, profound,
          Answering to the shouting Cuckoo,
          Giving to her sound for sound!

          Unsolicited reply
          To a babbling wanderer sent;
          Like her ordinary cry,
          Like--but oh, how different!

          Hears not also mortal Life?
          Hear not we, unthinking Creatures!                          10
          Slaves of folly, love, or strife--
          Voices of two different natures?

          Have not 'we' too?--yes, we have
          Answers, and we know not whence;
          Echoes from beyond the grave,
          Recognised intelligence!

          Such rebounds our inward ear
          Catches sometimes from afar--
          Listen, ponder, hold them dear;
          For of God,--of God they are.                               20
                                                              1806.


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