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MEMORIALS OF A TOUR ON THE CONTINENT, 1820

III. BRUGES

          THE Spirit of Antiquity--enshrined
          In sumptuous buildings, vocal in sweet song,
          In picture, speaking with heroic tongue,
          And with devout solemnities entwined--
          Mounts to the seat of grace within the mind:
          Hence Forms that glide with swan-like ease along,
          Hence motions, even amid the vulgar throng,
          To an harmonious decency confined:
          As if the streets were consecrated ground,
          The city one vast temple, dedicate                          10
          To mutual respect in thought and deed;
          To leisure, to forbearances sedate;
          To social cares from jarring passions freed;
          A deeper peace than that in deserts found!


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