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THE RIVER DUDDON

A SERIES OF SONNETS, 1820.

XI. THE FAERY CHASM

          NO fiction was it of the antique age:
          A sky-blue stone, within this sunless cleft,
          Is of the very footmarks unbereft
          Which tiny Elves impressed;--on that smooth stage
          Dancing with all their brilliant equipage
          In secret revels--haply after theft
          Of some sweet Babe--Flower stolen, and coarse Weed left
          For the distracted Mother to assuage
          Her grief with, as she might!--But, where, oh! where
          Is traceable a vestige of the notes                         10
          That ruled those dances wild in character?--
          Deep underground? Or in the upper air,
          On the shrill wind of midnight? or where floats
          O'er twilight fields the autumnal gossamer?


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