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COMPOSED OR SUGGESTED DURING A TOUR IN THE SUMMER OF 1833

XVI. BY THE SEASHORE, ISLE OF MAN
          WHY stand we gazing on the sparkling Brine,
          With wonder smit by its transparency,
          And all-enraptured with its purity?--
          Because the unstained, the clear, the crystalline,
          Have ever in them something of benign;
          Whether in gem, in water, or in sky,
          A sleeping infant's brow, or wakeful eye
          Of a young maiden, only not divine.
          Scarcely the hand forbears to dip its palm
          For beverage drawn as from a mountain-well;                 10
          Temptation centres in the liquid Calm;
          Our daily raiment seems no obstacle
          To instantaneous plunging in, deep Sea!
          And revelling in long embrace with thee.


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