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MEMORIALS OF A TOUR IN

SCOTLAND.

1803.

I.

DEPARTURE

FROM THE VALE OF GRASMERE. AUGUST, 1808.

THE gentlest Shade that walked Elysian plains
Might sometimes covet dissoluble chains;
Even for the tenants of the zone that lies
Beyond the stars, celestial Paradise,
Methinks 't would heighten joy, to overleap
At will the crystal battlements, and peep
Into some other region, though less fair,
To see how things are made and managed there.
Change for the worse might please, incursion bold
Into the tracts of darkness and of cold;

O'er Limbo Lake with aëry flight to steer,

And on the verge of Chaos hang in fear.

Such animation often do I find,

Power in my breast, wings growing in my mind, Then, when some rock or hill is overpast,

Perchance without one look behind me cast,

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