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COMPOSED ON THE BANKS OF A ROCKY STREAM

          DOGMATIC Teachers, of the snow-white fur!
          Ye wrangling Schoolmen, of the scarlet hood!
          Who, with a keenness not to be withstood,
          Press the point home, or falter and demur,
          Checked in your course by many a teasing burr;
          These natural council-seats your acrid blood
          Might cool;--and, as the Genius of the flood
          Stoops willingly to animate and spur
          Each lighter function slumbering in the brain,
          Yon eddying balls of foam, these arrowy gleams              10
          That o'er the pavement of the surging streams
          Welter and flash, a synod might detain
          With subtle speculations, haply vain,
          But surely less so than your far-fetched themes!
                                                              1820.


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