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VIEW FROM THE TOP OF BLACK COMB

          THIS Height a ministering Angel might select:
          For from the summit of BLACK COMB (dread name
          Derived from clouds and storms!) the amplest range
          Of unobstructed prospect may be seen
          That British ground commands:--low dusky tracts,
          Where Trent is nursed, far southward! Cambrian hills
          To the south-west, a multitudinous show;
          And, in a line of eye-sight linked with these,
          The hoary peaks of Scotland that give birth
          To Tiviot's stream, to Annan, Tweed, and Clyde:--           10
          Crowding the quarter whence the sun comes forth
          Gigantic mountains rough with crags; beneath,
          Right at the imperial station's western base
          Main ocean, breaking audibly, and stretched
          Far into silent regions blue and pale;--
          And visibly engirding Mona's Isle
          That, as we left the plain, before our sight
          Stood like a lofty mount, uplifting slowly
          (Above the convex of the watery globe)
          Into clear view the cultured fields that streak             20
          Her habitable shores, but now appears
          A dwindled object, and submits to lie
          At the spectator's feet.--Yon azure ridge,
          Is it a perishable cloud? Or there
          Do we behold the line of Erin's coast?
          Land sometimes by the roving shepherdswain
          (Like the bright confines of another world)
          Not doubtfully perceived.--Look homeward now!
          In depth, in height, in circuit, how serene
          The spectacle, how pure!--Of Nature's works,                30
          In earth, and air, and earth-embracing sea,
          A revelation infinite it seems;
          Display august of man's inheritance,
          Of Britain's calm felicity and power!
                                                              1813.


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