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First Line: Hadst thou a genius on thy peak
Last Line: Of perishable man.
Subject(s): Mountains; Hills; Downs (Great Britain)


HADST thou a genius on thy peak,
What tales, white-headed Ben,
Couldst thou of ancient ages speak,
That mock th' historian's pen!

Thy long duration makes our lives
Seem but so many hours;
And likens to the bees' frail hives
Our most stupendous towers.

Temples and towers thou'st seen begun,
New creeds, new conquerors' sway;
And, like their shadows in the sun,
Hast seen them swept away.

Thy steadfast summit, heaven-allied,
(Unlike life's little span,)
Looks down, a Mentor, on the pride
Of perishable man.





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