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1878 edition. Excerpt: ...brave, the good, was gone; He who had
been our living John Was nothing but a name. v. That was indeed a
parting oh, Glad am I, glad that it is past; For there were some on
whom it cast Unutterable woe. But they as well as I have
gains;--From many a humble source, to pains Like these, there comes
a mild release; Even here I feel it, even this Plant Is in its
beauty ministrant To comfort and to peace. VI. He would have loved
thy modest grace, Meek Flower To Him I would have said, "It grows
upon its native bed Beside our Parting-place; There, cleaving to
the ground it lies With multitude of purple eyes, Spangling a
cushion green like moss; But we will see it, joyful tide Some day,
to see it in its pride, The mountain will we cross." VII.--Brother
and friend, if verse of mine Have power to make thy virtues known,
Here let a monumental Stone Stand--sacred as a Shrine; And to the
few who pass this way, Traveller or Shepherd, let it say, Long as
these mighty rocks endure, --Oh do not thou too fondly brood,
Although deserving of all good, On any earthly hope, however pure 1
Poetical Works, vol. v. p. 131. The plant alluded to is the Moss
Campion (Silene acaulis, of Linnaeus). See among the Poems on the
Naming of Places, No. vi. Wordsworth's note to the poem is to the
following effect: --"Moss Campion Silene acaulis)." This most
beautiful plant is scarce in England, though it is found in great
abundance upon the mountains of Scotland. The first specimen I ever
saw of it, in its native bed, was singularly fine, the tuft or
cushion being at least eight inches in diameter, and the root
proportionably thick. I have only met with it in two places among
our mountains, in both of which I have since sought for it in vain.
Botanists will not, I hope, take it...
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