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"WHO BUT IS PLEASED TO WATCH THE MOON ON HIGH"

          WHO but is pleased to watch the moon on high
          Travelling where she from time to time enshrouds
          Her head, and nothing loth her Majesty
          Renounces, till among the scattered clouds
          One with its kindling edge declares that soon
          Will reappear before the uplifted eye
          A Form as bright, as beautiful a moon,
          To glide in open prospect through clear sky.
          Pity that such a promise e'er should prove
          False in the issue, that yon seeming space                  10
          Of sky should be in truth the stedfast face
          Of a cloud flat and dense, through which must move
          (By transit not unlike man's frequent doom)
          The Wanderer lost in more determined gloom.
                                                              1846.


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