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William Wordsworth
Complete Poetical Works

"IN THESE FAIR VALES HATH MANY A TREE"

Engraven, during my absence in Italy, upon a brass plate inserted in the Stone.

IN these fair vales hath many a Tree
At Wordsworth's suit been spared;
And from the builder's hand this Stone,
For some rude beauty of its own,
Was rescued by the Bard:
So let it rest; and time will come
When here the tender-hearted
May heave a gentle sigh for him,
As one of the departed.
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