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"BELOVED VALE! I SAID, WHEN I SHALL CON"

          "BELOVED Vale!" I said, "when I shall con
          Those many records of my childish years,
          Remembrance of myself and of my peers
          Will press me down: to think of what is gone
          Will be an awful thought, if life have one."
          But, when into the Vale I came, no fears
          Distressed me; from mine eyes escaped no tears;
          Deep thought, or dread remembrance, had I none.
          By doubts and thousand petty fancies crost
          I stood, of simple shame the blushing Thrall;               10
          So narrow seemed the brooks, the fields so small!
          A Juggler's balls old Time about him tossed;
          I looked, I stared, I smiled, I laughed; and all
          The weight of sadness was in wonder lost.
                                                              1806.


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