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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.

XVIII. PICTURE OF DANIEL IN THE LIONS' DEN, AT HAMILTON PALACE

          AMID a fertile region green with wood
          And fresh with rivers, well did it become
          The ducal Owner, in his palace-home
          To naturalise this tawny Lion brood;
          Children of Art, that claim strange brotherhood
          (Couched in their den) with those that roam at large
          Over the burning wilderness, and charge
          The wind with terror while they roar for food.
          Satiate are 'these'; and stilled to eye and ear;
          Hence, while we gaze, a more enduring fear!                 10
          Yet is the Prophet calm, nor would the cave
          Daunt him--if his Companions, now bedrowsed
          Outstretched and listless, were by hunger roused:
          Man placed him here, and God, he knows, can save.


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