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MEMORIALS OF A TOUR IN ITALY, 1837

XXIV. IN LOMBARDY

          SEE, where his difficult way that Old Man wins
          Bent by a load of Mulberry leaves!--most hard
          Appears 'his' lot, to the small Worm's compared,
          For whom his toil with early day begins.
          Acknowledging no task-master, at will
          (As if her labour and her ease were twins)
          'She' seems to work, at pleasure to lie still;--
          And softly sleeps within the thread she spins.
          So fare they--the Man serving as her Slave.
          Ere long their fates do each to each conform:               10
          Both pass into new being,--but the Worm,
          Transfigured, sinks into a hopeless grave;
          'His' volant Spirit will, he trusts, ascend
          To bliss unbounded, glory without end.


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