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"FORTH FROM A JUTTING RIDGE, AROUND WHOSE BASE"

          FORTH from a jutting ridge, around whose base
          Winds our deep Vale, two heath-clad Rocks ascend
          In fellowship, the loftiest of the pair
          Rising to no ambitious height; yet both,
          O'er lake and stream, mountain and flowery mead,
          Unfolding prospects fair as human eyes
          Ever beheld. Up-led with mutual help,
          To one or other brow of those twin Peaks
          Were two adventurous Sisters wont to climb,
          And took no note of the hour while thence they gazed,       10
          The blooming heath their couch, gazed, side by side,
          In speechless admiration. I, a witness
          And frequent sharer of their calm delight
          With thankful heart, to either Eminence
          Gave the baptismal name each Sister bore.
          Now are they parted, far as Death's cold hand
          Hath power to part the Spirits of those who love
          As they did love. Ye kindred Pinnacles--
          That, while the generations of mankind
          Follow each other to their hiding-place                     20
          In time's abyss, are privileged to endure
          Beautiful in yourselves, and richly graced
          With like command of beauty--grant your aid
          For MARY'S humble, SARAH'S silent claim,
          That their pure joy in nature may survive
          From age to age in blended memory.
                                                              1845.


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