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THE RIVER DUDDON

A SERIES OF SONNETS, 1820.

XII. HINTS FOR THE FANCY

          ON, loitering Muse--the swift Stream chides us--on!
          Albeit his deep-worn channel doth immure
          Objects immense portrayed in miniature,
          Wild shapes for many a strange comparison!
          Niagaras, Alpine passes, and anon
          Abodes of Naiads, calm abysses pure,
          Bright liquid mansions, fashioned to endure
          When the broad oak drops, a leafless skeleton,
          And the solidities of mortal pride,
          Palace and tower, are crumbled into dust!--                 10
          The Bard who walks with Duddon for his guide,
          Shall find such toys of fancy thickly set:
          Turn from the sight, enamoured Muse--we must;
          And, if thou canst, leave them without regret!


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