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COMPOSED OR SUGGESTED DURING A TOUR IN THE SUMMER OF 1833

XL. SUGGESTED BY THE FOREGOING

          TRANQUILLITY! the sovereign aim wert thou
          In heathen schools of philosophic lore;
          Heart-stricken by stern destiny of yore
          The Tragic Muse thee served with thoughtful vow;
          And what of hope Elysium could allow
          Was fondly seized by Sculpture, to restore
          Peace to the Mourner. But when He who wore
          The crown of thorns around his bleeding brow
          Warmed our sad being with celestial light,
          'Then' Arts which still had drawn a softening grace         10
          From shadowy fountains of the Infinite,
          Communed with that Idea face to face:
          And move around it now as planets run,
          Each in its orbit round the central Sun.


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