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AT FURNESS ABBEY

          HERE, where, of havoc tired and rash undoing,
          Man left this Structure to become Time's prey
          A soothing spirit follows in the way
          That Nature takes, her counter-work pursuing.
          See how her Ivy clasps the sacred Ruin
          Fall to prevent or beautify decay;
          And, on the mouldered walls, how bright, how gay,
          The flowers in pearly dews their bloom renewing!
          Thanks to the place, blessings upon the hour;
          Even as I speak the rising Sun's first smile                10
          Gleams on the grass-crowned top of yon tall Tower
          Whose cawing occupants with joy proclaim
          Prescriptive title to the shattered pile
          Where, Cavendish, 'thine' seems nothing but a name!
                                                              1844.


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