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THE GREAT EXHIBITION OF 1862 (1), by             Poet's Biography
First Line: The great exchanges press each other's heels
Last Line: The dog returns in snowy wilds to roam.
Subject(s): Exhibitions; World's Fairs; Expositions

The great Exchanges press each other's heels,
Like the swift seasons or the swifter moons,
All Europe through - and every nation feels
This kindly intercourse the best of boons;
The paths of peace and commerce, from all sides,
Lie straight for England, like old Roman ways;
Hither the railway brawls, the steamboat glides,
The desert-ship is steered, the sledge-dog bays!
Brought to the coast, and then disburthen'd there,
The o'erladen camel's spongy foot springs home
To its old span, while with a witless stare
He eyes the sea-board and the barks that come
To float his burthen off to the world's Fair:
The dog returns in snowy wilds to roam.

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