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MEMORIALS OF A TOUR ON THE CONTINENT, 1820

XXXV. AFTER LANDING--THE VALLEY OF DOVER

NOV. 1820

          WHERE be the noisy followers of the game
          Which faction breeds; the turmoil where? that passed
          Through Europe, echoing from the newsman's blast,
          And filled our hearts with grief for England's shame.
          Peace greets us;--rambling on without an aim
          We mark majestic herds of cattle, free
          To ruminate, couched on the grassy lea;
          And hear far-off the mellow horn proclaim
          The Season's harmless pastime. Ruder sound
          Stirs not; enrapt I gaze with strange delight,              10
          While consciousnesses, not to be disowned,
          Here only serve a feeling to invite
          That lifts the spirit to a calmer height,
          And makes this rural stillness more profound.


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