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"PELION AND OSSA FLOURISH SIDE BY SIDE"

          PELION and Ossa flourish side by side,
          Together in immortal books enrolled:
          His ancient dower Olympus hath not sold;
          And that inspiring Hill, which "did divide
          Into two ample horns his forehead wide,"
          Shines with poetic radiance as of old;
          While not an English Mountain we behold
          By the celestial Muses glorified.
          Yet round our sea-girt shore they rise in crowds:
          What was the great Parnassus' self to Thee,                 10
          Mount Skiddaw? In his natural sovereignty
          Our British Hill is nobler far; he shrouds
          His double front among Atlantic clouds,
          And pours forth streams more sweet than Castaly.
                                                              1801.


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