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COMPOSED WHILE THE AUTHOR WAS ENGAGED IN WRITING A TRACT OCCASIONED BY THE CONVENTION OF CINTRA

          NOT 'mid the world's vain objects that enslave
          The free-born Soul--that World whose vaunted skill
          In selfish interest perverts the will,
          Whose factions lead astray the wise and brave--
          Not there; but in dark wood and rocky cave,
          And hollow vale which foaming torrents fill
          With omnipresent murmur as they rave
          Down their steep beds, that never shall be still:
          Here, mighty Nature! in this school sublime
          I weigh the hopes and fears of suffering Spain;             10
          For her consult the auguries of time,
          And through the human heart explore my way;
          And look and listen--gathering, whence I may,
          Triumph, and thoughts no bondage can restrain.
                                                              1808.


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