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COMPOSED OR SUGGESTED DURING A TOUR IN THE SUMMER OF 1833

XVIII. ISLE OF MAN

          DID pangs of grief for lenient time too keen,
          Grief that devouring waves had caused, or guilt
          Which they had witnessed--sway the man who built
          This Homestead, placed where nothing could be seen,
          Nought heard, of ocean troubled or serene?
          A tired Ship-soldier on paternal land,
          That o'er the channel holds august command,
          The dwelling raised,--a veteran Marine.
          He, in disgust, turned from the neighbouring sea
          To shun the memory of a listless life                       10
          That hung between two callings. May no strife
          More hurtful here beset him, doomed though free,
          Self-doomed, to worse inaction, till his eye
          Shrink from the daily sight of earth and sky!


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