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III.-Hast thou seen with flash incessant
Not without heavy grief of heart did He
Six months to six years added he remained
Inscription for a Monument in Crosthwaite Church, in the Vale of Keswick
just read in a Newspaper that the Dissolution of Mr. Fox was hourly expected
Lines written on a Blank Leaf in a Copy of the Author's Poem "The Excursion,” upon hearing
Epitaph in the Chapel-yard of Langdale, Westmoreland
POEMS WRITTEN IN YOUTH.
Of the Poems in this class, "THE EVENING WALK " and " DESCRIPTIVE SKETCHES" were first published in 1793. They are reprinted with some alterations that were chiefly made very soon after their publication.
This notice, which was written some time ago, scarcely applies to the Poem, "Descriptive Sketches," as it now stands. The corrections, though numerous, are not, however, such as to prevent its retaining with propriety a place in the
class of Juvenile Pieces.
FROM THE CONCLUSION OF A POEM, COMPOSED IN ANTI
CIPATION OF LEAVING SCHOOL.
DEAR native regions, I foretell,
Thus, while the Sun sinks down to rest
WRITTEN IN VERY EARLY YOUTH
CALM is all nature as a resting wheel.
In thoughtless gaiety I coursed the plain, And hope itself was all I knew of pain; For then, the inexperienced heart would beat At times, while young Content forsook her seat, And wild Impatience, pointing upward, showed, Through passes yet unreached, a brighter road. Alas! the idle tale of man is found Depicted in the dial's moral round; Hope with reflection blends her social rays To gild the total tablet of his days; Yet still, the sport of some malignant power, He knows but from its shade the present hour.
*These lines are only applicable to the middle part of that lake.
In the beginning of winter, these mountains are frequented by woodcocks, which in dark nights retire into the woods.
But why, ungrateful, dwell on idle pain? To show what pleasures yet to me remain, Say, will my Friend, with unreluctant ear, The history of a poet's evening hear?
When, in the south, the wan noon, brooding still, Breathed a pale steam around the glaring hill, And shades of deep-embattled clouds were seen, Spotting the northern cliffs with lights between; When crowding cattle, checked by rails that make A fence far stretched into the shallow lake, Lashed the cool water with their restless tails, Or from high points of rock looked out for fanning gales;
When school-boys stretched their length upon the green;
And round the broad-spread oak, a glimmering
In the rough fern-clad park, the herded deer
And its own twilight softens the whole scene,
* The word intake is local, and signifies a mountai
+ Ghyll is also, I believe, a term confined to this cou try: ghyll, and dingle, have the same meaning.
The reader who has made the tour of this country, w recognise, in this description, the features which chara terise the lower waterfall in the grounds of Rydal