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THE RIVER DUDDON

A SERIES OF SONNETS, 1820.

XXV

          METHINKS 'twere no unprecedented feat
          Should some benignant Minister of air
          Lift, and encircle with a cloudy chair,
          The One for whom my heart shall ever beat
          With tenderest love;--or, if a safer seat
          Atween his downy wings be furnished, there
          Would lodge her, and the cherished burden bear
          O'er hill and valley to this dim retreat!
          Rough ways my steps have trod;--too rough and long
          For her companionship; here dwells soft ease:               10
          With sweets that she partakes not some distaste
          Mingles, and lurking consciousness of wrong;
          Languish the flowers; the waters seem to waste
          Their vocal charm; their sparklings cease to please.


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