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LOUISA

AFTER ACCOMPANYING HER ON A MOUNTAIN EXCURSION

          I MET Louisa in the shade,
          And, having seen that lovely Maid,
          Why should I fear to say
          That, nymph-like, she is fleet and strong,
          And down the rocks can leap along
          Like rivulets in May?

          She loves her fire, her cottage-home;
          Yet o'er the moorland will she roam
          In weather rough and bleak;
          And, when against the wind she strains,                     10
          Oh! might I kiss the mountain rains
          That sparkle on her cheek.

          Take all that's mine "beneath the moon,"
          If I with her but half a noon
          May sit beneath the walls
          Of some old cave, or mossy nook,
          When up she winds along the brook
          To hunt the waterfalls.
                                                              1805.


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