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Inscription 03 - For A Cavern That Overlooks The River Avon

 Enter this cavern Stranger! the ascent
Is long and steep and toilsome; here awhile
Thou mayest repose thee, from the noontide heat
O'ercanopied by this arch'd rock that strikes
A grateful coolness: clasping its rough arms
Round the rude portal, the old ivy hangs
Its dark green branches down, and the wild Bees,
O'er its grey blossoms murmuring ceaseless, make
Most pleasant melody.
No common spot Receives thee, for the Power who prompts the song, Loves this secluded haunt.
The tide below Scarce sends the sound of waters to thine ear; And this high-hanging forest to the wind Varies its many hues.
Gaze Stranger here! And let thy soften'd heart intensely feel How good, how lovely, Nature! When from hence Departing to the City's crouded streets, Thy sickening eye at every step revolts From scenes of vice and wretchedness; reflect That Man creates the evil he endures.

by Robert Southey
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