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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.

XXII. FANCY AND TRADITION

          THE Lovers took within this ancient grove
          Their last embrace; beside those crystal springs
          The Hermit saw the Angel spread his wings
          For instant flight; the Sage in yon alcove
          Sate musing; on that hill the Bard would rove,
          Not mute, where now the linnet only sings:
          Thus everywhere to truth Tradition clings,
          Or Fancy localises Powers we love.
          Were only History licensed to take note
          Of things gone by, her meagre monuments                     10
          Would ill suffice for persons and events:
          There is an ampler page for man to quote,
          A readier book of manifold contents,
          Studied alike in palace and in cot.


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