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TO A FRIEND EXPRESSING A WISH TO TRAVEL, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Dost thou, then, listening to the traveller's tale
Last Line: Remember with a sigh the joys of home?
Subject(s): Adventure And Adventurers; Comfort; Happiness; Home; Pain; Solitude; Travel; Joy; Delight; Suffering; Misery; Loneliness; Journeys; Trips


DOST thou, then, listening to the traveller's tale
Of mountainous wilds, and towns of ancient fame,
And spacious bays, and streams renown'd of name
That roll their plenty through the freshen'd vale;
Dost thou then long to voyage far away,
And visit other lands, that thou mayest view
These varied scenes so beautiful and new?
Thou dost not know how sad it is to stray
Amid a foreign land, thyself unknown,
And when o'erwearied with the toilsome day,
To rest at eve and feel thyself alone.
Delightful sure it is at early morning
To see the sun-beam shine on scenes so fair,
And when the eve the mountain heights adorning
Sinks slow, empurpling the luxurious air.
Pleasant it is at times like these to roam,
But wouldst thou not at night, confined within
Thy foul and comfortless and lonely inn,
Remember with a sigh the joys of home?





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