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THE RIVER DUDDON: SONNET 34. AFTER-THOUGHT, by                 Poet Analysis     Poet's Biography
First Line: I thought of thee, my partner and my guide
Last Line: We feel that we are greater than we know.
Variant Title(s): To The River Duddon;the River Duddon. Conclusion;valediction To The River Duddon
Subject(s): Duddon (river), England

I THOUGHT of Thee, my partner and my guide,
As being past away. -- Vain sympathies!
For, backward, Duddon, as I cast my eyes,
I see what was, and is, and will abide;
Still glides the Stream, and shall for ever glide;
The Form remains, the Function never dies;
While we, the brave, the mighty, and the wise,
We Men, who in our morn of youth defied
The elements, must vanish; -- be it so!
Enough, if something from our hands have power
To live, and act, and serve the future hour;
And if, as toward the silent tomb we go,
Through love, through hope, and faith's transcendent dower,
We feel that we are greater than we know.

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