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INSCRIPTION FOR A CAVERN THAT OVERLOOKS THE RIVER AVON, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Enter this cavern, stranger! The ascent
Last Line: That man creates the evil he endures.
Subject(s): Caves; Evil; Humanity; Introspection; Solitude; Strangers; Caverns; Loneliness


ENTER this cavern, stranger! the ascent
Is long and steep and toilsome; here awhile
Thou mayst repose thee from the noontide heat,
O'ercanopied by this arched rock that strikes
A grateful coolness: clasping its rough arms
Round the rude portal, the old ivy hangs
Its dark green branches down. No common spot
Receives thee, for the power who prompts the song
Loves this secluded haunt. The tide below
Scarce sends the sound of waters to thine ear;
And yon high-hanging forest to the wind
Varies its many hues. Gaze, stranger, here!
And let thy softened heart intensely feel
How good, how lovely, nature! When from hence
Departing to the city's crowded streets,
Thy sickening eye at every step revolts
From scenes of vice and wretchedness; reflect
That man creates the evil he endures.





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