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COMPOSED AT RYDAL ON MAY MORNING, 1838

          IF with old love of you, dear Hills! I share
          New love of many a rival image brought
          From far, forgive the wanderings of my thought:
          Nor art thou wronged, sweet May! when I compare
          Thy present birth-morn with thy last, so fair,
          So rich to me in favours. For my lot
          Then was, within the famed Egerian Grot
          To sit and muse, fanned by its dewy air
          Mingling with thy soft breath! That morning too,
          Warblers I heard their joy unbosoming                       10
          Amid the sunny, shadowy, Colyseum;
          Heard them, unchecked by aught of saddening hue,
          For victories there won by flower-crowned Spring,
          Chant in full choir their innocent Te Deum.


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