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Poem by Robert Southey


For a Cavern That Overlooks the River Avon


ENTER this cavern, Stranger! Here, awhile
Respiring from the long and steep ascent,
Thou mayst be glad of rest, and haply too
Of shade, if from the summers westering sun
Sheltered beneath this beetling vault of rock.
Round the rude portal clasping its rough arms,
The antique ivy spreads a canopy,
From whose gray blossoms the wild bees collect
In autumn their last store. The Muses love
This spot; believe a Poet who hath felt
Their visitation here. The tide below,
Rising or refluent, scarcely sends its sound
Of waters up; and from the heights beyond,
Where the high-hanging forest waves and sways,
Varying before the wind its verdant hues,
The voice is music here. Here thou mayst feel
How good, how lovely, Nature! And when, hence
Returning to the citys crowded streets,
Thy sickening eye at every step revolts
From scenes of vice and wretchedness, reflect
That Man creates the evil he endures.



Robert Southey

Poem Themes: Rivers, Avon

Robert Southey's other poems:
  1. For a Monument in the Vale of Ewias
  2. For a Tablet at Penshurst
  3. For a Tablet at Silbury Hill
  4. Stanzas Written in Lady Lonsdales Album, at Lowther Castle
  5. For a Monument in the New Forest


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