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THE RIVER DUDDON

A SERIES OF SONNETS, 1820.

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          NOT envying Latian shades--if yet they throw
          A grateful coolness round that crystal Spring,
          Blandusia, prattling as when long ago
          The Sabine Bard was moved her praise to sing;
          Careless of flowers that in perennial blow
          Round the moist marge of Persian fountains cling;
          Heedless of Alpine torrents thundering
          Through ice-built arches radiant as heaven's bow;
          I seek the birthplace of a native Stream.--
          All hail, ye mountains! hail, thou morning light!           10
          Better to breathe at large on this clear height
          Than toil in needless sleep from dream to dream:
          Pure flow the verse, pure, vigorous, free, and bright,
          For Duddon, long-loved Duddon, is my theme!


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