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THE RIVER DUDDON

A SERIES OF SONNETS, 1820.

XXVIII. JOURNEY RENEWED

          I ROSE while yet the cattle, heat-opprest,
          Crowded together under rustling trees
          Brushed by the current of the water-breeze;
          And for 'their' sakes, and love of all that rest,
          On Duddon's margin, in the sheltering nest;
          For all the startled scaly tribes that slink
          Into his coverts, and each fearless link
          Of dancing insects forged upon his breast;
          For these, and hopes and recollections worn
          Close to the vital seat of human clay;                      10
          Glad meetings, tender partings, that upstay
          The drooping mind of absence, by vows sworn
          In his pure presence near the trysting thorn--
          I thanked the Leader of my onward way.


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