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Poet's Corner: Sonnet to the River Otter

Sonnet to the River Otter

Dear native brook! wild streamlet to the West!
    How many various-fated years have past,
    What happy, and what mournful hours since last

I skimmed the smooth thin stone along thy breast,
Numbering its light leaps! yet so deep imprest
Sink the sweet scenes of childhood, that mine eyes
    I never shut amid the sunny ray,

But straight with all their tints thy waters rise,
    Thy crossing plank, thy marge with willows grey,

And bedded sand that, veined with various dyes,
Gleamed through thy bright transparence! On my way,
    Visions of childhood! oft have ye beguiled

Lone manhood's cares, yet waking fondest sighs:
Ah! that once more I were a careless child!

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 – 1834)

The River Otter is in Devon, near The Burrow, home of the Weasley family. What? Well, what do you think Ottery St. Catchpole is named for, then?

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