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FOR A MONUMENT IN CROSTHWAITE CHURCH, IN THE VALE OF KESWICK

          YE vales and hills whose beauty hither drew
          The poet's steps, and fixed him here, on you
          His eyes have closed! And ye, loved books, no more
          Shall Southey feed upon your precious lore,
          To works that ne'er shall forfeit their renown,
          Adding immortal labours of his own--
          Whether he traced historic truth, with zeal
          For the State's guidance, or the Church's weal,
          Or Fancy, disciplined by studious art,
          Informed his pen, or wisdom of the heart,                   10
          Or judgments sanctioned in the Patriot's mind
          By reverence for the rights of all mankind.
          Wide were his aims, yet in no human breast
          Could private feelings meet for holier rest.
          His joys, his griefs, have vanished like a cloud
          From Skiddaw's top; but he to heaven was vowed
          Through his industrious life, and Christian faith
          Calmed in his soul the fear of change and death.
                                                              1843.


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