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THE RIVER DUDDON

A SERIES OF SONNETS, 1820.

XIV

          O MOUNTAIN Stream! the Shepherd and his Cot
          Are privileged Inmates of deep solitude;
          Nor would the nicest Anchorite exclude
          A field or two of brighter green, or plot
          Of tillage-ground, that seemeth like a spot
          Of stationary sunshine:--thou hast viewed
          These only, Duddon! with their paths renewed
          By fits and starts, yet this contents thee not.
          Thee hath some awful Spirit impelled to leave,
          Utterly to desert, the haunts of men,                       10
          Though simple thy companions were and few;
          And through this wilderness a passage cleave
          Attended but by thy own voice, save when
          The clouds and fowls of the air thy way pursue!
                                                              1806.


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