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He climbed the mountain side, and saw the sea Come marching in to kiss the monarch's knee, And, in its slow and undulant retreat, Spread out its ermine carpets at his feet. The fair, the good, the beautiful and true Were to his rhythmic life poetic dew; Fair Genius lent her brightest lamp to light His every step and bless his gladdened sight. And Cando sang in strong, ecstatic song, Of what he saw and heard, the whole day long.
Thus as he sang, at every rounded pause
His playmates clapped their rapturous applause,
Till fierce Ambition seized the poet boy
And stole away his adolescent joy.
Onward to manhood, hand in hand with fame,
Rushed Cando; and the glory of his name
Rang through the State, borne on the cadent
breeze 'Mid loud huzzas, and then across the seas; Till in all lands, on every babbling tongue, The wonder of his dazzling fame was sung.
Mellow and rich, from his enraptured shell, Glowing and strong, the sounding numbers fell; He tuned no more a gentle harp to win The plaudits of his youthful kith and kin, But eager sought the tribute and acclaim