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COMPOSED OR SUGGESTED DURING A TOUR IN THE SUMMER OF 1833

V. TO THE RIVER DERWENT

          AMONG the mountains were we nursed, loved Stream
          Thou near the eagle's nest--within brief sail,
          I, of his bold wing floating on the gale,
          Where thy deep voice could lull me! Faint the beam
          Of human life when first allowed to gleam
          On mortal notice.--Glory of the vale,
          Such thy meek outset, with a crown, though frail,
          Kept in perpetual verdure by the steam
          Of thy soft breath!--Less vivid wreath entwined
          Nemaean victor's brow; less bright was worn,                10
          Meed of some Roman chief--in triumph borne
          With captives chained; and shedding from his car
          The sunset splendours of a finished war
          Upon the proud enslavers of mankind!
                                                              1819.


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