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YARROW REVISITED, AND OTHER POEMS

COMPOSED (TWO EXCEPTED) DURING A TOUR IN SCOTLAND AND ON THE ENGLISH BORDER, IN THE AUTUMN OF 1831.

XI. SUGGESTED AT TYNDRUM IN A STORM

          ENOUGH of garlands, of the Arcadian crook,
          And all that Greece and Italy have sung
          Of Swains reposing myrtle groves among!
          'Ours' couch on naked rocks,--will cross a brook
          Swoln with chill rains, nor ever cast a look
          This way or that, or give it even a thought
          More than by smoothest pathway may be brought
          Into a vacant mind. Can written book
          Teach what 'they' learn? Up, hardy Mountaineer!
          And guide the Bard, ambitious to be One                     10
          Of Nature's privy council, as thou art,
          On cloud-sequestered heights, that see and hear
          To what dread Powers He delegates his part
          On earth, who works in the heaven of heavens, alone.


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