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Nor wanted, when their fortitude had held
It is no Spirit who from Heaven hath flown
from Earth the Heavens to espy! 'Tis 'Hesperus — there he stands with glittering
crown, First admonition that the sun is down, For yet it is broad day-light ! - clouds pass by; A few are near him still — and now the sky, He hath it to himself- 'tis all his own. O most ambitious Star! thy Presence brought A startling recollection to my mind Of the distinguished few among mankind, Who dare to step beyond their natural race, As thou seem'st now to do: - nor was a thought Denied - that even I might one day trace Some ground not mine; and, strong her strength
above, My Soul, an Apparition in the place, Tread there, with steps that no one shall reprove !
O D E.
THE PASS OF KIRKSTONE.
Within the mind strong fancies work,
Ye plough-shares sparkling on the slopes ! Ye snow-white lambs that trip Imprisoned 'mid the formal props Of restless ownership ! Ye trees, that may to-morrow fall To feed the insatiate Prodigal ! Lawns, houses, chattels, groves, and fields, All that the fertile valley shields ; Wages of folly - baits of crime, Of life's uneasy game the stake, Playthings that keep the eyes awake Of drowsy, dotard Time;O care! O guilt! -O vales and plains, Here, 'mid his own unvexed domains, A Genius dwells, that can subdue At once all memory of You, – Most potent when mists veil the sky, Mists that distort and magnify; While the coarse rushes, to the sweeping breeze, Sigh forth their ancient melodies !
List to those shriller notes ! that march
than theirs beheld, This block and
whose Church-like frame Gives to the savage Pass its name. Aspiring Road ! that lovest to hide Thy daring in a vapoury bourn, Not seldom may the hour return When thou shalt be my Guide; And I (as often we find cause, When life is at a weary pause, And we have panted up the hill Of duty with reluctant will) Be thankful, even though tired and faint, For the rich bounties of Constraint ; Whence oft invigorating transports flow That Choice lacked courage to bestow !