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"THOSE WORDS WERE UTTERED AS IN PENSIVE MOOD"

                "------they are of the sky,
                 And from our earthly memory fade away."

          THOSE words were uttered as in pensive mood
          We turned, departing from that solemn sight:
          A contrast and reproach to gross delight,
          And life's unspiritual pleasures daily wooed!
          But now upon this thought I cannot brood;
          It is unstable as a dream of night;
          Nor will I praise a cloud, however bright,
          Disparaging Man's gifts, and proper food.
          Grove, isle, with every shape of sky-built dome,
          Though clad in colours beautiful and pure,                  10
          Find in the heart of man no natural home:
          The immortal Mind craves objects that endure:
          These cleave to it; from these it cannot roam,
          Nor they from it: their fellowship is secure.
                                                              1806.


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