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GORDALE

          AT early dawn, or rather when the air
          Glimmers with fading light, and shadowy Eve
          Is busiest to confer and to bereave;
          Then, pensive Votary! let thy feet repair
          To Gordale-chasm, terrific as the lair
          Where the young lions couch; for so, by leave
          Of the propitious hour, thou may'st perceive
          The local Deity, with oozy hair
          And mineral crown, beside his jagged urn,
          Recumbent: Him thou may'st behold, who hides                10
          His lineaments by day, yet there presides,
          Teaching the docile waters how to turn,
          Or (if need be) impediment to spurn,
          And force their passage to the salt-see tides!
                                                              1819.


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