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Matthew Arnold (1822–88).  The Poems of Matthew Arnold, 1840–1867.  1909.
Empedocles on Etna, and Other Poems
The Lake
[First published 1852. Reprinted 1853, ’54, ’57.]

AGAIN 1 I see my bliss at hand;
The town, the lake are here.
My Marguerite smiles upon the strand
Unalter’d with the year.
I know that graceful figure fair,        5
That cheek of languid hue;
I know that soft enkerchief’d hair,
And those sweet eyes of blue.
Again I spring to make my choice;
Again in tones of ire        10
I hear a God’s tremendous voice—
‘Be counsell’d, and retire!’
Ye guiding Powers, who join and part,
What would ye have with me?
Ah, warn some more ambitious heart,        15
And let the peaceful be!
Note 1. The Lake Title] Switzerland. II. The Lake 1853, 1854, 1857. [back]

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