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First Line: Her voice is low, and gives a hollow sound
Last Line: She loves to live, and there alone she dwells.
Alternate Author Name(s): Newcastle, Duchess Of; Lucas, Margaret
Subject(s): Melancholy


Her voice is low, and gives a hollow sound;
She hates the light, and is in darkness found;
Or sits with blinking lamps, or tapers small,
Which various shadows make against the wall.
She loves nought else but noise which discord makes,
As croaking frogs, whose dwelling is in lakes;
The raven's hoarse, the mandrake's hollow groan,
And shrieking owls, which fly i' the night alone:
The tolling bell which for the dead rings out;
A mill where rushing waters run about;
The roaring winds, which shake the cedars tall,
Plough up the seas, and beat the rocks withal.
She loves to walk in the still moonshine night,
And in a thick dark grove she takes delight;
In hollow caves, thatch'd houses, and low cells,
She loves to live, and there alone she dwells.





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