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COMPOSED OR SUGGESTED DURING A TOUR IN THE SUMMER OF 1833

XLII. STEAMBOATS, VIADUCTS, AND RAILWAYS

          MOTIONS and Means, on land and sea at war
          With old poetic feeling, not for this,
          Shall ye, by Poets even, be judged amiss!
          Nor shall your presence, howsoe'er it mar
          The loveliness of Nature, prove a bar
          To the Mind's gaining that prophetic sense
          Of future change, that point of vision, whence
          May be discovered what in soul ye are.
          In spite of all that beauty may disown
          In your harsh features, Nature doth embrace                 10
          Her lawful offspring in Man's art; and Time,
          Pleased with your triumphs o'er his brother Space,
          Accepts from your bold hands the proffered crown
          Of hope, and smiles on you with cheer sublime.


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