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THE MONUMENT COMMONLY CALLED LONG MEG AND HER DAUGHTERS, NEAR THE RIVER EDEN.
A WEIGHT of awe, not easy to be borne,
Fell suddenly upon my Spirit-cast
From the dread bosom of the unknown past,
When first I saw that family forlorn.
Speak Thou, whose massy strength and stature scorn
The power of years-pre-eminent, and placed
Apart, to overlook the circle vast
Speak, Giant-mother! tell it to the Morn
While she dispels the cumbrous shades of Night;
* See Note.
LOWTHER! in thy majestic Pile are seen
And charters won and guarded by the sword
And will maintain, if God his help afford.
For airy promises and hopes suborned
The strength of backward-looking thoughts is scorned. Fall if ye must, ye Towers and Pinnacles,
With what ye symbolise; authentic Story
Will say, Ye disappeared with England's Glory!
TO THE EARL OF LONSDALE.
'Magistratus indicat virum.'
LONSDALE! it were unworthy of a Guest,
Yet be unmoved with wishes to attest
How in thy mind and moral frame agree
With truth, THE MAGISTRACY SHOWS THE MAN ; '
Soon as the measuring of life's little span
Shall place thy virtues out of Envy's reach *.
* See Note.
ΤΟ CORDELIA M
Nor in the mines beyond the western main,
Nor is it silver of romantic Spain
You say, but from Helvellyn's depths was brought,
MOST sweet it is with unuplifted eyes
To pace the ground, if path be there or none,
The Mind's internal heaven shall shed her dews