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THE RIVER DUDDON

A SERIES OF SONNETS, 1820.

III

          How shall I paint thee?--Be this naked stone
          My seat, while I give way to such intent;
          Pleased could my verse, a speaking monument,
          Make to the eyes of men thy features known.
          But as of all those tripping lambs not one
          Outruns his fellows, so hath Nature lent
          To thy beginning nought that doth present
          Peculiar ground for hope to build upon.
          To dignify the spot that gives thee birth,
          No sign of hoar Antiquity's esteem                          10
          Appears, and none of modern Fortune's care;
          Yet thou thyself hast round thee shed a gleam
          Of brilliant moss, instinct with freshness rare;
          Prompt offering to thy Foster-mother, Earth!


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