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TO DEAN-BOURN, A RUDE RIVER IN DEVON, BY WHICH ... HE LIVED, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Dean-bourn, farewell; I never look to see
Last Line: Rockes turn to rivers, rivers turn to men.
Subject(s): Rivers


Dean-bourn, farewell; I never look to see
Deane, or thy warty incivility.
Thy rockie bottome, that doth teare thy streams
And makes them frantick, ev'n to all extreames;
To my content, I never sho'd behold,
Were thy streames silver, or thy rocks all gold.
Rockie thou art; and rockie we discover
Thy men; and rockie are thy wayes all over.
O men, O manners; Now, and ever knowne
To be A Rockie Generation!
A people currish; churlish as the seas;
And rude (almost) as rudest Salvages.
With whom I did, and may re-sojourne when
Rockes turn to Rivers, Rivers turn to Men.





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