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THE RIVER DUDDON

A SERIES OF SONNETS, 1820.

XXVI

          RETURN, Content! for fondly I pursued,
          Even when a child, the Streams--unheard, unseen;
          Through tangled woods, impending rocks between;
          Or, free as air, with flying inquest viewed
          The sullen reservoirs whence their bold brood--
          Pure as the morning, fretful, boisterous, keen,
          Green as the salt-sea billows, white and green--
          Poured down the hills, a choral multitude!
          Nor have I tracked their course for scanty gains;
          They taught me random cares and truant joys,                10
          That shield from mischief and preserve from stains
          Vague minds, while men are growing out of boys;
          Maturer Fancy owes to their rough noise
          Impetuous thoughts that brook not servile reins.


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