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THE RIVER DUDDON

A SERIES OF SONNETS, 1820.

XX. THE PLAIN OF DONNERDALE

          THE old inventive Poets, had they seen,
          Or rather felt, the entrancement that detains
          Thy waters, Duddon! 'mid these flowery plains--
          The still repose, the liquid lapse serene,
          Transferred to bowers imperishably green,
          Had beautified Elysium! But these chains
          Will soon be broken;--a rough course remains,
          Rough as the past; where Thou, of placid mien,
          Innocuous as a firstling of the flock,
          And countenanced like a soft cerulean sky,                  10
          Shalt change thy temper; and, with many a shock
          Given and received in mutual jeopardy,
          Dance, like a Bacchanal, from rock to rock,
          Tossing her frantic thyrsus wide and high!


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