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MEMORIALS OF A TOUR ON THE CONTINENT, 1820

VIII. IN A CARRIAGE, UPON THE BANKS OF THE RHINE

          AMID this dance of objects sadness steals
          O'er the defrauded heart--while sweeping by,
          As in a fit of Thespian jollity,
          Beneath her vine-leaf crown the green Earth reels:
          Backward, in rapid evanescence, wheels
          The venerable pageantry of Time,
          Each beetling rampart, and each tower sublime,
          And what the Dell unwillingly reveals
          Of lurking cloistral arch, through trees espied
          Near the bright River's edge. Yet why repine?               10
          To muse, to creep, to halt at will, to gaze--
          Such sweet wayfaring--of life's spring the pride,
          Her summer's faithful joy--'that' still is mine,
          And in fit measure cheers autumnal days.


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