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MEMORIALS OF A TOUR ON THE CONTINENT, 1820

II. BRUGES

          BRUGES I saw attired with golden light
          (Streamed from the west) as with a robe of power:
          The splendour fled; and now the sunless hour,
          That, slowly making way for peaceful night,
          Best suits with fallen grandeur, to my sight
          Offers the beauty, the magnificence,
          And sober graces, left her for defence
          Against the injuries of time, the spite
          Of fortune, and the desolating storms
          Of future war. Advance not--spare to hide,                  10
          O gentle Power of darkness! these mild hues;
          Obscure not yet these silent avenues
          Of stateliest architecture, where the Forms
          Of nun-like females, with soft motion, glide!


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