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1 How far he swung backward toward the school under whose influence he grew up, and toward the style against which he had protested so vigorously, a few examples will show. The advocate of the language of common life has a verse in his Thanksgiving Ode which, if one met with it by itself, he would think the achievement of some later copyist of Pope:—
While the tubed engine [the organ] feels the inspiring blast.And in ‘The Italian Itinerant’ and ‘The Swiss Goatherd’ we find a thermometer or barometer called
The well-wrought scaleStill worse in the ‘Eclipse of the Sun,’ 1821:—
Whose sentient tube instructs to time
A purpose to a fickle clime.
High on her speculative towerSo in ‘The Excursion,’
Stood Science, waiting for the hour
When Sol was destined to endure
The cold March wind raised in her tender throat
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