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THE RIVER DUDDON

A SERIES OF SONNETS, 1820.

XIX. TRIBUTARY STREAM

          MY frame hath often trembled with delight
          When hope presented some far-distant good,
          That seemed from heaven descending, like the flood
          Of yon pure waters, from their aery height
          Hurrying, with lordly Duddon to unite;
          Who, 'mid a world of images imprest
          On the calm depth of his transparent breast,
          Appears to cherish most that Torrent white,
          The fairest, softest, liveliest of them all!
          And seldom hath ear listened to a tune                      10
          More lulling than the busy hum of Noon,
          Swoln by that voice--whose murmur musical
          Announces to the thirsty fields a boon
          Dewy and fresh, till showers again shall fall.


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