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COMPOSED OR SUGGESTED DURING A TOUR IN THE SUMMER OF 1833

XLI. NUNNERY

          THE floods are roused, and will not soon be weary;
          Down from the Pennine Alps how fiercely sweeps
          CROGLIN, the stately Eden's tributary!
          He raves, or through some moody passage creeps
          Plotting new mischief--out again he leaps
          Into broad light, and sends, through regions airy,
          That voice which soothed the Nuns while on the steeps
          They knelt in prayer, or sang to blissful Mary.
          That union ceased: then, cleaving easy walks
          Through crags, and smoothing paths beset with danger,       10
          Came studious Taste; and many a pensive stranger
          Dreams on the banks, and to the river talks.
          What change shall happen next to Nunnery Dell?
          Canal, and Viaduct, and Railway, tell!


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