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"A VOLANT TRIBE OF BARDS ON EARTH ARE FOUND"

          A VOLANT Tribe of Bards on earth are found,
          Who, while the flattering Zephyrs round them play,
          On "coignes of vantage" hang their nests of clay;
          How quickly from that aery hold unbound,
          Dust for oblivion! To the solid ground
          Of nature trusts the Mind that builds for aye;
          Convinced that there, there only, she can lay
          Secure foundations. As the year runs round,
          Apart she toils within the chosen ring;
          While the stars shine, or while day's purple eye            10
          Is gently closing with the flowers of spring;
          Where even the motion of an Angel's wing
          Would interrupt the intense tranquillity
          Of silent hills, and more than silent sky.
                                                              1823.


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