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COMPOSED BY THE SIDE OF GRASMERE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Clouds, lingering yet, extend in solid bars
Last Line: "ravage the world, tranquillity is here!"
Subject(s): Grasmere, England; Lakes; Pools; Ponds


CLOUDS, lingering yet, extend in solid bars
Through the grey west; and lo! these waters, steeled
By breezeless air to smoothest polish, yield
A vivid repetition of the stars;
Jove, Venus, and the ruddy crest of Mars
Amid his fellows beauteously revealed
At happy distance from earth's groaning field,
Where ruthless mortals wage incessant wars.
Is it a mirror? -- or the nether Sphere
Opening to view the abyss in which she feeds
Her own calm fires? -- But list! a voice is near;
Great Pan himself low-whispering through the reeds,
"Be thankful, thou; for, if unholy deeds
Ravage the world, tranquillity is here!"





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