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Main ocean, breaking audibly, and stretched Far into silent regions blue and pale ; And visibly engirding Mona's Isle That, as we left the plain, before our sight Stood like a lofty mount, uplifting slowly (Above the convex of the watery globe) Into clear view the cultured fields that streak Her habitable shores, but now appears A dwindled object, and submits to lie At the spectator's feet.—Yon azure ridge, Is it a perishable cloud ? Or there Do we behold the line of Erin's coast ? 2 Land sometimes by the roving shepherd-swain (Like the bright confines of another world) Not doubtfully perceived.—Look homeward now ! In depth, in height, in circuit, how serene The spectacle, how pure Of Nature's works, In earth, and air, and earth-embracing sea, A revelation infinite it seems ; Display august of man's inheritance, Of Britain's calm felicity and power. Black Comb stands at the southern extremity of Cumberland. These lines were included among the “Poems of the Imagination.”—ED.
WRITTEN WITH A SLATE PENCIL ON A STONE, ON THE
Pub. 1815. [The circumstance, alluded to at the conclusion of these verses, was told me by Dr Satterthwaite, who was Incumbent of Bootle, a small town at the foot of Black Comb. He had the particulars from one of the engineers who was employed in making trigonometrical surveys of that region.]
Stay, bold Adventurer; rest awhile thy limbs
He made report
Within that canvas Dwelling, suddenly
Comp. Nov. 1813. Pub. 1815.
The reference is to the rejoicings on the Leipsig victory of the Allied Forces, October 16 to 19, 1813. Napoleon crossed the Rhine on the 2nd November, and returned to Paris with the wreck of his army. George III. was English Sovereign ; but, owing to his illness, the Prince of Wales had been appointed Regent, and assumed executive power in January 1811. The King died at Windsor in 1820, being 82 years of age. He had been entirely blind for some years before his death. The “twofold night” referred to in the sonnet is sufficiently obvious.-ED.
1 C. and 1843.
Permit his heart to kindle and embrace