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Poem by William Wordsworth
AT early dawn, or rather when the air Glimmers with fading light, and shadowy eve Is busiest to confer and to bereave; Then, pensive votary! let thy feet repair To Gordale chasm, terrific as the lair Where the young lions couch; for so, by leave Of the propitious hour, thou mayst perceive The local deity, with oozy hair And mineral crown, beside his jagged urn Recumbent: him them mayst behold, who hides His lineaments by day, yet there presides, Teaching the docile waters how to turn, Or, if need be, impediment to spurn, And force their passage to the salt-sea tides!
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