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COMPOSED OR SUGGESTED DURING A TOUR IN THE SUMMER OF 1833

                                   IV

                    TO THE RIVER GRETA, NEAR KESWICK

          GRETA, what fearful listening! when huge stones
          Rumble along thy bed, block after block:
          Or, whirling with reiterated shock,
          Combat, while darkness aggravates the groans:
          But if thou (like Cocytus from the moans
          Heard on his rueful margin) thence wert named
          The Mourner, thy true nature was defamed,
          And the habitual murmur that atones
          For thy worst rage, forgotten. Oft as Spring
          Decks, on thy sinuous banks, her thousand thrones           10
          Seats of glad instinct and love's carolling,
          The concert, for the happy, then may vie
          With liveliest peals of birth-day harmony:
          To a grieved heart, the notes are benisons.


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