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Walking Essays

Walking Essays

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY A. H. SIDGWICK
BY A. H. SIDGWICK

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jun 12, 2013
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WALKIG ESSAYSBY A. H. SIDGWICK LODOEDWARD AROLD1912DEDICATIOyou who walked the ways with meOn kill and plain and hollow :1 ask your pardon, frank and free,For all the things that follow.Let me at least make one thing clear ;In these 1 know no name for themThese dreary talks on futile themes,Dim visions from a dullard's dreams,At least you take no blame for them.You cheered my heart, made short the road,And kept me philanthropic ;I only write this little odeWhich desecrates the topic.You trade with me the mountain ridgeA nd clove the cloud wreaths over it ;I take the web of memoriesWe wove beneath the summer skies
 
And lo ! the ink-spots cover it.a2 vWALKIG ESSAYSHow vain my effort, how absurd.Considered as a symbol 1 .How lame and dull the written wordTo you the swift and nimble !How alien to the walker's mind,Earth-deep, heaven-high, unfillable,These petty snarls and jests ill-laidA nd all the profitless paradeOf pompous polysyllable !But yet, I feel, though weak my phrase,My rhetoric though rotten,At least our tale of Walks and DaysShould not go unforgotten ;At least some printed word should mark The walker and his wanderings,The strides which lay the miles behindAnd lap the contemplative mindIn calm, unfathomed panderings.
 
And one rebuke I need not fearFrom those of our profession,That Walking Essays should appearTo be one long digression.Let others take the hard high-roadAnd earn its gift, callosity :For us the path that twists at willThrough wood and field, and up the hillIn easy tortuosity.viDEDICATIOTherefore, companions of the boot,Joint-heirs of wind and weather ',In kindness take this little fruitOf all our walks together.For aught it has of wit or truthI reckon you my creditors ;Its dulness, errors, want of taste tInconsequence, may all be placedTo my account, the editor's.And haply as you skim the work In skilled, eclectic hurry,Some word may find the place where lurk 

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