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Unlike to living sounds it came,
But, grinding through some scrannel frame,
I hear it still—“Depart,” it cries;
“Who was not nursed at Nature's breast.
“Associate he with demons dire,
“And pleased to see the babe expire,
“Behold his crimson-streaming hand *
In the dim cave I saw him stand;
I see him still—Dost thou not see
And gleams of wild ferocity
What meagre form behind him moves,
And wrinkled aspect wan, that proves
What wretched—Hark—the voice replies,
“For, here a guilty hermit lies,
“Though Nature lent him powers to aid “The moral cause, the mutual weal; Those powers he sunk in this dim shade, The desperate suicide of zeal.
“Go, teach the drone of saintly haunts,
“Though many a holy hymn he chaunts,
“And bear them hence, the plant, the flower;
“They have the duties of their hour;
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