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"CHATSWORTH! THY STATELY MANSION, AND THE PRIDE"

          CHATSWORTH! thy stately mansion, and the pride
          Of thy domain, strange contrast do present
          To house and home in many a craggy rent
          Of the wild Peak; where new-born waters glide
          Through fields whose thrifty occupants abide
          As in a dear and chosen banishment,
          With every semblance of entire content;
          So kind is simple Nature, fairly tried!
          Yet He whose heart in childhood gave her troth
          To pastoral dales, thin-set with modest farms,              10
          May learn, if judgment strengthen with his growth,
          That, not for Fancy only, pomp hath charms;
          And, strenuous to protect from lawless harms
          The extremes of favoured life, may honour both.
                                                              1830.


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