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MEMORIALS OF A TOUR IN ITALY, 1837

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          NEAR Anio's stream, I spied a gentle Dove
          Perched on an olive branch, and heard her cooing
          'Mid new-born blossoms that soft airs were wooing,
          While all things present told of joy and love.
          But restless Fancy left that olive grove
          To hail the exploratory Bird renewing
          Hope for the few, who, at the world's undoing,
          On the great flood were spared to live and move.
          O bounteous Heaven! signs true as dove and bough
          Brought to the ark are coming evermore,                     10
          Given though we seek them not, but, while we plough
          This sea of life without a visible shore,
          Do neither promise ask nor grace implore
          In what alone is ours, the living Now.


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