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COMPOSED OR SUGGESTED DURING A TOUR IN THE SUMMER OF 1833

VI. IN SIGHT OF THE TOWN OF COCKERMOUTH

          A POINT of life between my Parent's dust,
          And yours, my buried Little-ones! am I;
          And to those graves looking habitually
          In kindred quiet I repose my trust.
          Death to the innocent is more than just,
          And, to the sinner, mercifully bent;
          So may I hope, if truly I repent
          And meekly bear the ills which bear I must:
          And You, my Offspring! that do still remain,
          Yet may outstrip me in the appointed race,                  10
          If e'er, through fault of mine, in mutual pain
          We breathed together for a moment's space,
          The wrong, by love provoked, let love arraign,
          And only love keep in your hearts a place.


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