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MEMORIALS OF A TOUR ON THE CONTINENT, 1820

X. THE SOURCE OF THE DANUBE

          NOT, like his great Compeers, indignantly
          Doth DANUBE spring to life! The wandering Stream
          (Who loves the Cross, yet to the Crescent's gleam
          Unfolds a willing breast) with infant glee
          Slips from his prison walls: and Fancy, free
          To follow in his track of silver light,
          Mounts on rapt wing, and with a moment's flight
          Hath reached the encincture of that gloomy sea
          Whose waves the Orphean lyre forbade to meet
          In conflict; whose rough winds forgot their jars            10
          To waft the heroic progeny of Greece;
          When the first Ship sailed for the Golden Fleece--
          ARGO--exalted for that daring feat
          To fix in heaven her shape distinct with stars.


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