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MEMORIALS OF A TOUR ON THE CONTINENT, 1820

DEDICATION

(SENT WITH THESE POEMS, IN MS., TO ----)

          DEAR Fellow-travellers! think not that the Muse,
          To You presenting these memorial Lays,
          Can hope the general eye thereon would gaze,
          As on a mirror that gives back the hues
          Of living Nature; no--though free to choose
          The greenest bowers, the most inviting ways,
          The fairest landscapes and the brightest days--
          Her skill she tried with less ambitious views.
          For You she wrought: Ye only can supply
          The life, the truth, the beauty: she confides
          In that enjoyment which with You abides,
          Trusts to your love and vivid memory;
          Thus far contented, that for You her verse
          Shall lack not power the "meeting soul to pierce!"
                                                     W. WORDSWORTH.
            RYDAL MOUNT, Nov. 1821.


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