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THE RIVER DUDDON

A SERIES OF SONNETS, 1820.

XXXIV. AFTER-THOUGHT

          I THOUGHT of Thee, my partner and my guide,
          As being past away.--Vain sympathies!
          For, backward, Duddon, as I cast my eyes,
          I see what was, and is, and will abide;
          Still glides the Stream, and shall for ever glide;
          The Form remains, the Function never dies;
          While we, the brave, the mighty, and the wise,
          We Men, who in our morn of youth defied
          The elements, must vanish;--be it so!
          Enough, if something from our hands have power              10
          To live, and act, and serve the future hour;
          And if, as toward the silent tomb we go,
          Through love, through hope, and faith's transcendent dower,
          We feel that we are greater than we know.


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