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If thou indeed derive thy light from Heaven,
Then, to the measure of that heaven-born light,
Shine, Poet! in thy place, and be content,—
The stars pre-eminent in magnitude,
And they that from the zenith dart their beams,
(Visible though they be to half the earth.
Though half a sphere be conscious of their brightness)
Are yet of no diviner origin,
No purer essence, than the one that burns,
Like an untended watch-fire, on the ridge
Of some dark mountain; or than those which seem
Humbly to hang, like twinkling winter lamps
Among the brandies of the leafless trees;
All are the undying offspring of one Sire:
Then, to the measure of the light vouchsafed,
Shine, Poet ! in thy place, and be content.
Characteristics of a Child three Years old
Winter Evening ....
The Idle Shepherd-boys; or, Dungeon-
Ghyll Force. A Pastoral
What heavenly smiles! O Lady mine . 65
ON THE AFFECTIONS
Hint from the Mountains for certain Poli-