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A TRADITION OF OKER HILL IN DARLEY DALE, DERBYSHIRE

          'TIS said that to the brow of yon fair hill
          Two Brothers clomb, and, turning face from face,
          Nor one look more exchanging, grief to still
          Or feed, each planted on that lofty place
          A chosen Tree; then, eager to fulfil
          Their courses, like two new-born rivers, they
          In opposite directions urged their way
          Down from the far-seen mount. No blast might kill
          Or blight that fond memorial;--the trees grew,
          And now entwine their arms; but ne'er again                 10
          Embraced those Brothers upon earth's wide plain;
          Nor aught of mutual joy or sorrow knew
          Until their spirits mingled in the sea
          That to itself takes all, Eternity.
                                                              1829.


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