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OXFORD, MAY 30, 1820

          SHAME on this faithless heart! that could allow
          Such transport, though but for a moment's space;
          Not while--to aid the spirit of the place--
          The crescent moon clove with its glittering prow
          The clouds, or night-bird sang from shady bough;
          But in plain daylight:--She, too, at my side,
          Who, with her heart's experience satisfied,
          Maintains inviolate its slightest vow!
          Sweet Fancy! other gifts must I receive;
          Proofs of a higher sovereignty I claim;                     10
          Take from 'her' brow the withering flowers of eve,
          And to that brow life's morning wreath restore;
          Let 'her' be comprehended in the frame
          Of these illusions, or they please no more.



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