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TO THE TORRENT AT THE DEVIL'S BRIDGE, NORTH WALES, 1824

          HOW art thou named? In search of what strange land
          From what huge height, descending? Can such force
          Of waters issue from a British source,
          Or hath not Pindus fed thee, where the band
          Of Patriots scoop their freedom out, with hand
          Desperate as thine? Or come the incessant shocks
          From that young Stream, that smites the throbbing rocks
          Of Viamala? There I seem to stand,
          As in life's morn; permitted to behold,
          From the dread chasm, woods climbing above woods,           10
          In pomp that fades not; everlasting snows;
          And skies that ne'er relinquish their repose;
          Such power possess the family of floods
          Over the minds of Poets, young or old!


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