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THE RIVER DUDDON

A SERIES OF SONNETS, 1820.

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          SOLE listener, Duddon! to the breeze that played
          With thy clear voice, I caught the fitful sound
          Wafted o'er sullen moss and craggy mound--
          Unfruitful solitudes, that seemed to upbraid
          The sun in heaven!--but now, to form a shade
          For Thee, green alders have together wound
          Their foliage; ashes flung their arms around;
          And birch-trees risen in silver colonnade.
          And thou hast also tempted here to rise,
          'Mid sheltering pines, this Cottage rude and grey;          10
          Whose ruddy children, by the mother's eyes
          Carelessly watched, sport through the summer day,
          Thy pleased associates:--light as endless May
          On infant bosoms lonely Nature lies.


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