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THIS LIME-TREE BOWER MY PRISON.
In the June of 1797, some long-expected Friends paid a visit to the Author's Cottage; and on the morning of their arrival, he met with an accident, which disabled him from walking during the whole time of their stay. One Evening, when they had left him for a few hours, he composed the following lines in the Garden-Bower.
WELL, they are gone, and here must I remain,
Where its slim trunk the Ash from rock to rock
Now, my Friends emerge Beneath the wide wide Heaven—and view again The many-steepled track magnificent Of hilly fields and meadows, and the sea, With some fair bark, perhaps, whose Sails light up The slip of smooth clear blue betwixt two Isles Of purple shadow ! Yes! they wander on In gladness all; but thou, methinks, most glad, My gentle-hearted Charles for thou hast pined And hungered after Nature, many a year, In the great City pent, winning thy way With sad yet patient soul, through evil and pain
* Of Long LANK Weeds.] The Asplenium Scolopendrium, called in some countries the Adder's Tongue, in others the Hart's Tongue : but Withering gives the Adder's Tongue as the trivial name of the Ophioglossum only.
And strange calamity! Ah! slowly sink
A delight Comes sudden on my heart, and I am glad As I myself were there 1 Nor in this bower, This little lime-tree bower, have I not marked Much that has soothed me. Pale beneath the blaze Hung the transparent foliage; and I watched Some broad and sunny leaf, and loved to see The shadow of the leaf and stem above Dappling its sunshine ! And that Walnut-tree Was richly tinged, and a deep radiance lay Full on the ancient Ivy, which usurps Those fronting elms, and now, with blackest mass
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Makes their dark branches gleam a lighter hue
* Flew CREEKING..] Some months after I had written this line, it gave me pleasure to observe that Bartram had observed the same circumstance of the Savanna Crane. “When these Birds move their wings in flight, their strokes are slow, moderate and regular; and even when at a considerable distance or