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"THOUGH THE BOLD WINGS OF POESY AFFECT"

          THOUGH the bold wings of Poesy affect
          The clouds, and wheel around the mountain tops
          Rejoicing, from her loftiest height she drops
          Well pleased to skim the plain with wild flowers deckt
          Or muse in solemn grove whose shades protect
          The lingering dew--there steals along, or stops
          Watching the least small bird that round her hops,
          Or creeping worm, with sensitive respect.
          Her functions are they therefore less divine,
          Her thoughts less deep, or void of grave intent             10
          Her simplest fancies? Should that fear be thine,
          Aspiring Votary, ere thy hand present
          One offering, kneel before her modest shrine,
          With brow in penitential sorrow bent!
                                                              1845.


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