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COMPOSED OR SUGGESTED DURING A TOUR IN THE SUMMER OF 1833

XXXVIII. THE RIVER EDEN, CUMBERLAND

          EDEN! till now thy beauty had I viewed
          By glimpses only, and confess with shame
          That verse of mine, whate'er its varying mood,
          Repeats but once the sound of thy sweet name:
          Yet fetched from Paradise that honour came,
          Rightfully borne; for Nature gives thee flowers
          That have no rivals among British bowers;
          And thy bold rocks are worthy of their fame.
          Measuring thy course, fair Stream! at length I pay
          To my life's neighbour dues of neighbourhood;               10
          But I have traced thee on thy winding way
          With pleasure sometimes by this thought restrained--
          For things far off we toil, while many a good
          Not sought, because too near, is never gained.


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