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"FROM THE DARK CHAMBERS OF DEJECTION FREED"

          FROM the dark chambers of dejection freed,
          Spurning the unprofitable yoke of care,
          Rise, GILLIES, rise; the gales of youth shall bear
          Thy genius forward like a winged steed.
          Though bold Bellerophon (so Jove decreed
          In wrath) fell headlong from the fields of air,
          Yet a rich guerdon waits on minds that dare,
          If aught be in them of immortal seed,
          And reason govern that audacious flight
          Which heavenward they direct.--Then droop not thou,         10
          Erroneously renewing a sad vow
          In the low dell 'mid Roslin's faded grove:
          A cheerful life is what the Muses love,
          A soaring spirit is their prime delight.
                                                              1814.


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