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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
 
VII. A Rencontre at Tytherington
By John Watson Dalby
 
(Merci, Monsieur, merci!)

FORTH from the farmer’s hospitable nook,
  Among the trees and where the waters gushed,—
  A holy calmness all the welkin hushed,
  And lo! before me stood, or rather shook,
A tall gaunt figure iron want had crushed        5
  Into a thing scarce humanlike. He spoke,
  Help in his native accents did invoke,
  While through his frame a tide of diverse feelings rushed.
“Poor, wretched, and from Paris!” all he said;
  Yet, plainly written in his visage pale,        10
  Fancy could still piece out the mournful tale;
And, right or wrong, the history fully read
  Of the wan outcast in a Gloucester vale,
  In that sad, low, strange tongue, imploring bread.
 
 
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