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COMPOSED AFTER A JOURNEY ACROSS THE HAMBLETON HILLS, YORKSHIRE

          DARK and more dark the shades of evening fell;
          The wished-for point was reached--but at an hour
          When little could be gained from that rich dower
          Of prospect, whereof many thousands tell.
          Yet did the glowing west with marvellous power
          Salute us; there stood Indian citadel,
          Temple of Greece, and minster with its tower
          Substantially expressed--a place for bell
          Or clock to toll from! Many a tempting isle,
          With groves that never were imagined, lay                   10
          'Mid seas how steadfast! objects all for the eye
          Of silent rapture; but we felt the while
          We should forget them; they are of the sky,
          And from our earthly memory fade away.


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