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WRITTEN WITH A PENCIL UPON A STONE IN THE WALL OF THE HOUSE (AN OUTHOUSE), ON THE ISLAND AT GRASMERE.

      RUDE is this Edifice, and Thou hast seen
      Buildings, albeit rude, that have maintained
      Proportions more harmonious, and approached
      To closer fellowship with ideal grace.
      But take it in good part:--alas! the poor
      Vitruvius of our village had no help
      From the great City; never, upon leaves
      Of red Morocco folio, saw displayed,
      In long succession, pre-existing ghosts
      Of Beauties yet unborn--the rustic Lodge                        10
      Antique, and Cottage with verandah graced,
      Nor lacking, for fit company, alcove,
      Green-house, shell-grot, and moss-lined hermitage.
      Thou see'st a homely Pile, yet to these walls
      The heifer comes in the snow-storm, and here
      The new-dropped lamb finds shelter from the wind.
      And hither does one Poet sometimes row
      His pinnace, a small vagrant barge, up-piled
      With plenteous store of heath and withered fern,
      (A lading which he with his sickle cuts,                        20
      Among the mountains) and beneath this roof
      He makes his summer couch, and here at noon
      Spreads out his limbs, while, yet unshorn, the Sheep,
      Panting beneath the burthen of their wool,
      Lie round him, even as if they were a part
      Of his own Household: nor, while from his bed
      He looks, through the open door-place, toward the lake
      And to the stirring breezes, does he want
      Creations lovely as the work of sleep--
      Fair sights, and visions of romantic joy!                       30


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