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[68] Thanks for the courtesy, and gay
     Good-humor, which on Washing Day
Our ill-timed visit bore;
     Thanks for your graceful oars, which broke
The morning dreams of Artichoke,
     Along his wooded shore!

Varied as varying Nature's ways,
     Sprites of the river, woodland fays,
Or mountain nymphs, ye seem;
     Free-limbed Dianas on the green,
Loch Katrine's Ellen, or Undine,
     Upon your favorite stream.

The forms of which the poets told,
     The fair benignities of old,
Were doubtless such as you;
     What more than Artichoke the rill
Of Helicon? Than Pipe-stave hill
     Arcadia's mountain-view?

No sweeter bowers the bee delayed,
     In wild Hymettus' scented shade,
Than those you dwell among;
     Snow-flowered azaleas, intertwined
With roses, over banks inclined
     With trembling harebells hung!

A charmed life unknown to death,
     Immortal freshness Nature hath;
Her fabled fount and glen
     Are now and here: Dodona's shrine
Still murmurs in the wind-swept pine,—
     All is that e'er hath been.

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