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MEMORIALS OF A TOUR ON THE CONTINENT, 1820

XXXVI. AT DOVER
          FROM the Pier's head, musing, and with increase
          Of wonder, I have watched this sea-side Town,
          Under the white cliff's battlemented crown,
          Hushed to a depth of more than Sabbath peace:
          The streets and quays are thronged, but why disown
          Their natural utterance: whence this strange release
          From social noise--silence elsewhere unknown?--
          A Spirit whispered, "Let all wonder cease;
          Ocean's o'erpowering murmurs have set free
          Thy sense from pressure of life's common din;               10
          As the dread Voice that speaks from out the sea
          Of God's eternal Word, the Voice of Time
          Doth deaden, shocks of tumult, shrieks of crime,
          The shouts of folly, and the groans of sin."


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