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COMPOSED OR SUGGESTED DURING A TOUR IN THE SUMMER OF 1833

XLIII. THE MONUMENT COMMONLY CALLED LONG MEG AND HER DAUGHTERS, NEAR THE RIVER EDEN

          A WEIGHT of awe, not easy to be borne,
          Fell suddenly upon my Spirit--cast
          From the dread bosom of the unknown past,
          When first I saw that family forlorn.
          Speak Thou, whose massy strength and stature scorn
          The power of years--pre-eminent, and placed
          Apart, to overlook the circle vast--
          Speak, Giant-mother! tell it to the Morn
          While she dispels the cumbrous shades of Night;
          Let the Moon hear, emerging from a cloud;                   10
          At whose behest uprose on British ground
          That Sisterhood, in hieroglyphic round
          Forth-shadowing, some have deemed, the infinite
          The inviolable God, that tames the proud! 3


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