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Gentleman's Magazine 1820 part 2 p.345

Departed ages, shedding where he flew
Loose fragments of wild wailing that bestrew
The clouds, and thrill the chambers of the rocks,
And into silence hush the timorous flocks,
That slept so calmly while the nightly dew
Moisten'd each fleece beneath the twinkling stars:
These couch'd 'mid that lone Camp on Hardknot's height,
Whose Guardians bent the knee to Jove and Mars:
These near that mystic Round of Druid frame,
Tardily sinking by its proper weight
Deep into patient Earth, from whose smooth breast it came!"

"Sacred Religion, 'mother of form and fear,'
Dread Arbitress of mutable respect,
New rites ordaining when the old are wreck'd,
Or cease to please the fickle worshipper;
If one strong wish may be embosomed here,
Mother of Love! for this deep vale, protect
Truth's holy lamp, pure source of bright effect,
Gifted to purge the vapoury atmosphere
That seeks to stifle it; - as in those days
When this low Pile a Gospel Teacher knew,
Whose good works formed an endless retinue:
Such Priest as Chaucer sang in fervent lays;
Such as the heaven-taught skill of Herbert drew;
And tender Goldsmith crown'd with deathless praise!"
In a note on the third line Mr. Wordsworth says,
"The Eagle requires a large domain for its support; but several pairs, not many years ago, were constantly resident in this country, building their nests in the steeps of Borrowdale, Westdale, Ennerdale, and on the Eastern side of Helvellyn. Often have I heard anglers speak of the grandeur of their appearance, as they hovered over Red Tarn, on one of the coves of this mountain. The bird frequently returns, but is always destroyed. Not long since one visited Rydal Lake, and remained some hours near its banks; the consternation which it occasioned among the different species of fowl, particularly the herons, was expressed by loud screams. The horse also is naturally afraid of the eagle. - There were several Roman stations among these mountains; the most considerable seems to have been in a meadow at the head of Windermere, established, undoubtedly, as a check over the passes of Kirkstone, Dunmail-raise, and of Hardknot and Wrynose. On the margin of Rydal Lake, a coin of Trajan was discovered very lately. - The Roman Fort here alluded to, called by the country people "Hardknot Castle, is most impressively situated half way down the hill on the right of the road that descends from Hardknot into Eskdale. It has escaped the notice of most antiquaries, and is but slightly mentioned by Lysons. - The Druidical Circle is about half a mile to the left of the road ascending Stoneside from the vale of Duddon: the country people call it "Sunken Church."
In Seathwaite Chapel is the following inscription:
"In memory of the reverend Robert Walker, who died the 25th of June, 1802, in the 93rd year of his age, and 67th of his curacy at Seathwaite.
"Also of Anne his wife, who died the 28th of January, in the 93rd year of her age."
And in the Parish Register:
"Buried, June 28th, the Rev. Robert Walker. He was Curate of Seathwaite sixty-six years. He was a man singular for his temperance, industry, and integrity."
In his early days Mr. Walker had been the schoolmaster of Loweswater, and from the register of that parish Mr. Wordsworth gves the following memoranda respecting "a person apparently of desires as moderate, with, with whom he must have been intimate during his residence."

"Let him that would ascend the tottering seat
Of courtly grandeur, and become as great
As are his mounting wishes; but for me,
Let sweet repose and rest my portion be.

Honour, the idol which the most adore,
Receives no homage from my knee;
Conent in privacy I value more
Than all uneasy dignity.
Henry Forest came to Lowes-water, 1708, being 25 years of age."
"This curacy was twice augmented by Queen Anne's bounty. The first payment, with great difficulty, was paid to Mr. John Curwen of London, on the 9yth of May, 1724, deposited by me, Henry Forest, Curate of Lowes water. Ye said 9th of May, ye said Mr. Curwen went to the office and saw my name registered there, &c. This, by the Providence of God, came by lot to this poor place.
Haec testor H. Forest."
"In another place he records, that the sycamore trees were planted in the churchyard in 1710.
"He died in 1741, having been curate thirty-four years. It is not improbable
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