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COMPOSED OR SUGGESTED DURING A TOUR IN THE SUMMER OF 1833

XXVIII. CAVE OF STAFFA

          WE saw, but surely, in the motley crowd,
          Not One of us has felt the far-famed sight;
          How 'could' we feel it? each the other's blight,
          Hurried and hurrying, volatile and loud.
          O for those motions only that invite
          The Ghost of Fingal to his tuneful Cave
          By the breeze entered, and wave after wave
          Softly embosoming the timid light!
          And by 'one' Votary who at will might stand
          Gazing and take into his mind and heart,                    10
          With undistracted reverence, the effect
          Of those proportions where the almighty hand
          That made the worlds, the sovereign Architect,
          Has deigned to work as if with human Art!


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