The waters of the Ponds where they abide.
“Once I could meet with them on every side ;
But they have dwindled long by slow decay;
Yet still I persevere, and find them where I may.”
While he was talking thus, the lonely place,
The Old Man's shape, and speech, all troubled me :
In my mind's eye I seem’d to see him pace
About the weary moors continually,
Wandering about alone and silently.
While I these thoughts within myself pursued,
He, having made a pause, the same discourse renewed
And soon with this he other matter blended,
Chearfully attered, with demeanour kind,
But stately in the main ; and, when he ended,
I could have laugh'd myself to scorn, to find
In that decrepit Man so firm a mind.
"God,” said I, “be my help and stay secure;
I'll think of the Leech-gatherer on the lonely moor."