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COMPOSED OR SUGGESTED DURING A TOUR IN THE SUMMER OF 1833

VIII. NUN'S WELL, BRIGHAM

          THE cattle crowding round this beverage clear
          To slake their thirst, with reckless hoofs have trod
          The encircling turf into a barren clod;
          Through which the waters creep, then disappear,
          Born to be lost in Derwent flowing near;
          Yet, o'er the brink, and round the limestone cell
          Of the pure spring (they call it the "Nun's Well,"
          Name that first struck by chance my startled ear)
          A tender Spirit broods--the pensive Shade
          Of ritual honours to this Fountain paid                     10
          By hooded Votaresses with saintly cheer;
          Albeit oft the Virgin-mother mild
          Looked down with pity upon eyes beguiled
          Into the shedding of "too soft a tear."


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