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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV.  1876–79.
Thurston Mere
Thurston Mere
William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
From “The Prelude

                A GROVE there is whose boughs
Stretched from the western marge of Thurston Mere
With length of shade so thick, that whoso glides
Along the line of low-roofed water moves
As in a cloister. Once—while, in that shade        5
Loitering, I watched the golden beams of light
Flung from the setting sun, as they reposed
In silent beauty on the naked ridge
Of a high eastern hill—thus flowed my thoughts
In a pure stream of words fresh from the heart:        10
Dear native regions, wheresoe’er shall close
My mortal course, there will I think on you;
Dying, will cast on you a backward look;
Even as this setting sun (albeit the vale
Is nowhere touched by one memorial gleam)        15
Doth with the fond remains of his last power
Still linger, and a farewell lustre sheds
On the dear mountain-tops where first he rose.

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