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THE RIVER DUDDON

A SERIES OF SONNETS, 1820.

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          WHO swerves from innocence, who makes divorce
          Of that serene companion--a good name,
          Recovers not his loss; but walks with shame,
          With doubt, with fear, and haply with remorse:
          And oft-times he--who, yielding to the force
          Of chance-temptation, ere his journey end,
          From chosen comrade turns, or faithful friend--
          In vain shall rue the broken intercourse.
          Not so with such as loosely wear the chain
          That binds them, pleasant River! to thy side:--             10
          Through the rough copse wheel thou with hasty stride;
          I choose to saunter o'er the grassy plain,
          Sure, when the separation has been tried,
          That we, who part in love, shall meet again.


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