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ON THE PROJECTED KENDAL AND WINDERMERE RAILWAY

          IS then no nook of English ground secure
          From rash assault? Schemes of retirement sown
          In youth, and 'mid the busy world kept pure
          As when their earliest flowers of hope were blown,
          Must perish;--how can they this blight endure?
          And must he too the ruthless change bemoan
          Who scorns a false utilitarian lure
          'Mid his paternal fields at random thrown?
          Baffle the threat, bright Scene, from Orresthead
          Given to the pausing traveller's rapturous glance:          10
          Plead for thy peace, thou beautiful romance
          Of nature; and, if human hearts be dead,
          Speak, passing winds; ye torrents, with your strong
          And constant voice, protest against the wrong.

                                                  October 12, 1844.


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