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YARROW REVISITED, AND OTHER POEMS

COMPOSED (TWO EXCEPTED) DURING A TOUR IN SCOTLAND AND ON THE ENGLISH BORDER, IN THE AUTUMN OF 1831.

XIX. THE AVON

          AVON--a precious, an immortal name!
          Yet is it one that other rivulets bear
          Like this unheard-of, and their channels wear
          Like this contented, though unknown to Fame:
          For great and sacred is the modest claim
          Of Streams to Nature's love, where'er they flow;
          And ne'er did Genius slight them, as they go,
          Tree, flower, and green herb, feeding without blame.
          But Praise can waste her voice on work of tears,
          Anguish, and death: full oft where innocent blood           10
          Has mixed its current with the limpid flood,
          Her heaven-offending trophies Glory rears:
          Never for like distinction may the good
          Shrink from 'thy' name, pure Rill, with unpleased ears.


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