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By Persons resident in the country and attached to rural objects, many
places will be found unnamed or of unknown names, where little Incidents will have occurred, or feelings been experienced, which will have given to such places a private and peculiar interest. From a wish to give some sort of record to such Incidents, or renew the gratification of such Feelings, Names have been given to Places by the Author and some of his Friends, and the following Poems written in consequence.
NAMING OF PLACES.
It was an April morning : fresh and clear
With which it looked on this delightful day Were native to the summer.—Up the brook I roamed in the confusion of my heart, Alive to all things and forgetting all. At length I to a sudden turning came In this continuous glen, where down a rock The stream, so ardent in its course before, Sent forth such sallies of glad sound, that all Which I till then had heard, appeared the voice Of common pleasure : beast and bird, the Lamb, The Shepherd's Dog, the Linnet and the Thrush Vied with this Waterfall, and made a song Which, while I listened, seemed like the wild growth Or like some natural produce of the air, That could not cease to be. Green leaves were here; But 'twas the foliage of the rocks, the birch, The yew, the holly, and the bright green thorn, With hanging islands of resplendent furze: And on a summit, distant a short space, By any who should look beyond the dell, A single mountain Cottage might be seen. I gazed and gazed, and to myself I said, “ Our thoughts at least are ours; and this wild nook, My EMMA, I will dedicate to thee.”
- Soon did the spot become my other home,
Amid the smoke of cities did you pass
Is slow towards the sympathies of them
While I was seated, now some ten days past, Beneath those lofty firs, that overtop