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COMPOSED OR SUGGESTED DURING A TOUR IN THE SUMMER OF 1833

XXIX. CAVE OF STAFFA

AFTER THE CROWD HAD DEPARTED

          THANKS for the lessons of this Spot--fit school
          For the presumptuous thoughts that would assign
          Mechanic laws to agency divine;
          And, measuring heaven by earth, would overrule
          Infinite Power. The pillared vestibule,
          Expanding yet precise, the roof embowed,
          Might seem designed to humble man, when proud
          Of his best workmanship by plan and tool.
          Down-bearing with his whole Atlantic weight
          Of tide and tempest on the Structure's base,                10
          And flashing to that Structure's topmost height,
          Ocean has proved its strength, and of its grace
          In calms is conscious, finding for his freight
          Of softest music some reponsive place.


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