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THE RIVER DUDDON

A SERIES OF SONNETS, 1820.

IV

          TAKE, cradled Nursling of the mountain, take
          This parting glance, no negligent adieu!
          A Protean change seems wrought while I pursue
          The curves, a loosely-scattered chain doth make;
          Or rather thou appear'st a glistering snake,
          Silent, and to the gazer's eye untrue,
          Thridding with sinuous lapse the rushes, through
          Dwarf willows gliding, and by ferny brake.
          Starts from a dizzy steep the undaunted Rill
          Robed instantly in garb of snow-white foam;                 10
          And laughing dares the Adventurer, who hath clomb
          So high, a rival purpose to fulfil;
          Else let the dastard backward wend, and roam,
          Seeking less bold achievement, where he will!


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