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COMPOSED OR SUGGESTED DURING A TOUR IN THE SUMMER OF 1833

XX. AT BALA-SALA, ISLE OF MAN

          BROKEN in fortune, but in mind entire
          And sound in principle, I seek repose
          Where ancient trees this convent-pile enclose,
          In ruin beautiful. When vain desire
          Intrudes on peace, I pray the eternal Sire
          To cast a soul-subduing shade on me,
          A grey-haired, pensive, thankful Refugee;
          A shade--but with some sparks of heavenly fire
          Once to these cells vouchsafed. And when I note
          The old Tower's brow yellowed as with the beams             10
          Of sunset ever there, albeit streams
          Of stormy weather-stains that semblance wrought,
          I thank the silent Monitor, and say
          "Shine so, my aged brow, at all hours of the day!"


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