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[I BECAME acquainted with the walks of Nunnery when a boy: they are within easy reach of a day's pleasant excursion from the town of Penrith, where I used to pass my summer holidays under the roof of my maternal Grandfather. The place is well worth visiting; though, within these few years, its privacy, and therefore the pleasure which the scene is so well fitted to give, has been injuriously affected by walks cut in the rocks on that side the stream which had been left in its natural state. ]
THE floods are roused, and will not soon be weary :
He raves, or through some moody passage creeps
Into broad light, and sends, through regions airy,
*The chain of Crossfell.
STEAMBOATS, VIADUCTS, AND RAILWAYS.
MOTIONS and Means, on land and sea at war
To the Mind's gaining that prophetic sense
THE MONUMENT COMMONLY CALLED LONG MEG AND HER
A WEIGHT of awe, not easy to be borne,
Speak Thou, whose massy strength and stature scorn
Speak, Giant-mother! tell it to the Morn
["CATHEDRAL pomp." It may be questioned whether this union was in the contemplation of the artist when he planned the edifice. However this might be, a poet may be excused for taking the view of the subject presented in this Sonnet.]
LOWTHER! in thy majestic Pile are seen
And charters won and guarded by the sword
* See Note.
The strength of backward-looking thoughts is scorned.
With what ye symbolise; authentic Story
TO THE EARL OF LONSDALE.
'Magistratus indicat virum.'
LONSDALE! it were unworthy of a Guest,
Yet be unmoved with wishes to attest
With truth, 'THE MAGISTRACY SHOWS THE MAN ;'
* See Note.
[THIS poem might be dedicated to my friends, Sir G. Beaumont and Mr. Rogers jointly. While we were making an excursion together in this part of the Lake District we heard that Mr. Glover, the artist, while lodging at Lyulph's Tower, had been disturbed by a loud shriek, and upon rising he had learnt that it had come from a young woman in the house who was in the habit of walking in her sleep. In that state she had gone down stairs, and, while attempting to open the outer door, either from some difficulty or the effect of the cold stone upon her feet, had uttered the cry which alarmed him. It seemed to us all that this might serve as a hint for a poem, and the story here told was constructed and soon after put into verse by me as it now stands.]
LIST, ye who pass by Lyulph's Tower*
Doth Aira-force, that torrent hoarse,
Fit music for a solemn vale!
And holier seems the ground
Not far from that fair site whereon
The Pleasure-house is reared,
As story says, in antique days
A stern-browed house appeared;
* A pleasure-house built by the late Duke of Norfolk upon the banks of Ullswater. FORCE is the word used in the Lake District for Water-fall.