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COMPOSED OR SUGGESTED DURING A TOUR IN THE SUMMER OF 1833

XXXII. IONA

          ON to Iona!--What can she afford
          To 'us' save matter for a thoughtful sigh,
          Heaved over ruin with stability
          In urgent contrast? To diffuse the WORD
          (Thy Paramount, mighty Nature! and Time's Lord)
          Her Temples rose, 'mid pagan gloom; but why,
          Even for a moment, has our verse deplored
          Their wrongs, since they fulfilled their destiny?
          And when, subjected to a common doom
          Of mutability, those far-famed Piles                        10
          Shall disappear from both the sister Isles,
          Iona's Saints, forgetting not past days,
          Garlands shall wear of amaranthine bloom,
          While heaven's vast sea of voices chants their praise.


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