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First Line: If thou would'st stand on etna's burning brow
Last Line: Then, why the dickens don't you go and do it?
Alternate Author Name(s): Pennell, Henry Cholmondeley
Subject(s): Death; Soul; Travel; Dead, The; Journeys; Trips


IF thou would'st stand on Etna's burning brow,
With smoke above, and roaring flame below;
And gaze adown that molten gulf reveal'd,
Till thy soul shudder'd and thy senses reel'd:
If thou wouldst beard Niag'ra in his pride,
Or stem the billows of Propontic tide;
Scale all alone some dizzy Alpine haut,
And shriek "Excelsior!" among the snow:
Would'st tempt all deaths, all dangers that may be --
Perils by land, and perils on the sea;
This vast round world, I say, if thou wouldst view it --
Then, why the dickens don't you go and do it?





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