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"NOT LOVE, NOT WAR, NOR THE TUMULTUOUS SWELL"

          NOT Love, not War, nor the tumultuous swell,
          Of civil conflict, nor the wrecks of change,
          Nor Duty struggling with afflictions strange--
          Not these 'alone' inspire the tuneful shell;
          But where untroubled peace and concord dwell,
          There also is the Muse not loth to range,
          Watching the twilight smoke of cot or grange,
          Skyward ascending from a woody dell.
          Meek aspirations please her, lone endeavour,
          And sage content, and placid melancholy;                    10
          She loves to gaze upon a crystal river--
          Diaphanous because it travels slowly;
          Soft is the music that would charm for ever;
          The flower of sweetest smell is shy and lowly.
                                                              1823.


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