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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.

XXI. HART'S-HORN TREE, NEAR PENRITH

          HERE stood an Oak, that long had borne affixed
          To his huge trunk, or, with more subtle art,
          Among its withering topmost branches mixed,
          The palmy antlers of a hunted Hart,
          Whom the Dog Hercules pursued--his part
          Each desperately sustaining, till at last
          Both sank and died, the life-veins of the chased
          And chaser bursting here with one dire smart.
          Mutual the victory, mutual the defeat!
          High was the trophy hung with pitiless pride;               10
          Say, rather, with that generous sympathy
          That wants not, even in rudest breasts, a seat;
          And, for this feeling's sake, let no one chide
          Verse that would guard thy memory, HART'S-HORN TREE!


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