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THE RIVER DUDDON

A SERIES OF SONNETS, 1820.

XXXI

          THE KIRK of ULPHA to the pilgrim's eye
          Is welcome as a star, that doth present
          Its shining forehead through the peaceful rent
          Of a black cloud diffused o'er half the sky:
          Or as a fruitful palm-tree towering high
          O'er the parched waste beside an Arab's tent;
          Or the Indian tree whose branches, downward bent,
          Take root again, a boundless canopy.
          How sweet were leisure! could it yield no more
          Than 'mid that wave-washed Churchyard to recline,           10
          From pastoral graves extracting thoughts divine;
          Or there to pace, and mark the summits hoar
          Of distant moonlit mountains faintly shine,
          Soothed by the unseen River's gentle roar.


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