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"THE MASSY WAYS, CARRIED ACROSS THESE HEIGHTS"

          THE massy Ways, carried across these heights
          By Roman perseverance, are destroyed,
          Or hidden under ground, like sleeping worms.
          How venture then to hope that Time will spare
          This humble Walk? Yet on the mountain's side
          A POET'S hand first shaped it; and the steps
          Of that same Bard--repeated to and fro
          At morn, at noon, and under moonlight skies
          Through the vicissitudes of many a year--
          Forbade the weeds to creep o'er its grey line.              10
          No longer, scattering to the heedless winds
          The vocal raptures of fresh poesy,
          Shall he frequent these precincts; locked no more
          In earnest converse with beloved Friends,
          Here will he gather stores of ready bliss,
          As from the beds and borders of a garden
          Choice flowers are gathered! But, if Power may spring
          Out of a farewell yearning--favoured more
          Than kindred wishes mated suitably
          With vain regrets--the Exile would consign                  20
          This Walk, his loved possession, to the care
          Of those pure Minds that reverence the Muse.
                                                              1826.


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