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COMPOSED BY THE SIDE OF GRASMERE LAKE

1806.

          CLOUDS, lingering yet, extend in solid bars
          Through the grey west; and lo! these waters, steeled
          By breezeless air to smoothest polish, yield
          A vivid repetition of the stars;
          Jove, Venus, and the ruddy crest of Mars
          Amid his fellows beauteously revealed
          At happy distance from earth's groaning field,
          Where ruthless mortals wage incessant wars.
          Is it a mirror?--or the nether Sphere
          Opening to view the abyss in which she feeds                10
          Her own calm fires?--But list! a voice is near;
          Great Pan himself low-whispering through the reeds,
          "Be thankful, thou; for, if unholy deeds
          Ravage the world, tranquillity is here!"


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