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CLOUDS, lingering yet, extend in solid bars

Through the grey west; and lo! these waters, steeled

By breezeless air to smoothest polish, yield

A vivid repetition of the stars;

Jove, Venus, and the ruddy crest of Mars

Amid his fellows beauteously revealed

At happy distance from earth's groaning field,

Where ruthless mortals wage incessant wars.

Is it a mirror?--or the nether Sphere

Opening to view the abyss in which she feeds

Her own calm fires?--But list! a voice is near;

Great Pan himself low-whispering through the reeds,

'Be thankful, thou; for, if unholy deeds

Ravage the world, tranquillity is here!'


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Taken on July 10, 2011