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The Cataract of Lodore
by Robert Southey(1774-1843)
He wrote the poem for his children. The version here is adapted from a copy in The Oxford Book of Children's Verse, eds. Iona and Peter Opie (London: Oxford Univ. Press, 1973), pages 94-97.
"How does the water
come down at Lodore?"

my little boy asked me.


From its sources which well
in the lake on the fell;
from its fountains
in the mountains,
its rills and its gills;
through moss and through brake,
it runs and it creeps
for awhile, till it sleeps
in its own little lake.

And thence at departing,
awakening and starting,
its runs through the reeds
and away it proceeds,
through meadow and glade,
in sun and in shade,
and through the wood shelter,
among rocks in its flurry,

Here it comes sparkling,
and there it lies darkling;
now smoking and frothing
its tumult and wrath in,
till in this rapid race
on which it is bent,
it reaches the place
of its steep descent.

The cataract strong
then plunges along,
striking and raging
as if a war waging
its caverns and rocks among:
rising and leaping,
sinking and creeping,
swelling and sweeping,
showering and springing,
flying and flinging,
writhing and ringing,
eddying and whisking,
spouting and frisking,
turning and twisting,
around and around
with endless rebound!

Smiting and fighting,
a sight to delight in;
confounding, astounding,
dizzying and deafening the ear with its sound.

Collecting, projecting,
receding and speeding,
and shocking and rocking,
and darting and parting,
and threading and spreading,
and whizzing and hissing,
and dripping and skipping,
and hitting and splitting,
and shining and twining,
and rattling and battling,
and shaking and quaking,
and pouring and roaring,
and waving and raving,
and tossing and crossing,
and flowing and going,

and running and stunning,
and foaming and roaming,
and dinning and spinning,
and dropping and hopping,
and working and jerking,
and guggling and struggling,
and heaving and cleaving,
and moaning and groaning;

and glittering and frittering,
and gathering and feathering,
and whitening and brightening,
and quivering and shivering,
and hurrying and scurrying,
and thundering and floundering;

dividing and gliding and sliding,
and falling and brawling and sprawling,
and driving and riving and striving,
and sprinkling and twinkling and wrinkling,
and sounding and bounding and rounding,
and bubbling and troubling and doubling,
and grumbling and rumbling and tumbling,
and clattering and battering and shattering;

retreating and beating and meeting and sheeting,
delaying and straying and playing and spraying,
advancing and prancing and glancing and dancing,
recoiling, turmoiling and toiling and boiling,
and gleaming and streaming and steaming and beaming,
and rushing and flushing and brushing and gushing,
and flapping and rapping and clapping and slapping,
and curling and whirling and purling and twirling,
and thumping and plumping and bumping and jumping,
and dashing and flashing and splashing and clashing.

And so never ending, but always descending,
sounds and motions for ever and ever are blending,
all at once and all over, with a mighty uproar,
and this way the water comes down at Lodore.
cataract \'KA-ta-rakt\: great waterfall
fell \fel\: barren field
rills \rilz\ and gills \gilz\: small streams of water
brake \breik\: area with thick clumps of woody plants
thence \thens\: from that place
glade \gleid\: open field in the middle of a forest
helter-skelter \hel-ter 'SKEL-ter\: in a quick, confused way
darkling \'DARK-ling\: in the darkness
frothing \'FRATH-ing\: foaming
tumult \'TU-malt\: noise and confusion
wrath \rath\: great anger
bent \bent\: with determination
descent \di-'SENT\: journey going down
guggling \'GA-gling\: gurgling
cleaving \'KLI:v-ing\: sticking closely to
frittering \'FRI-ter-ing\: wasting little by little
sheeting \'SHI:T-ing\: falling in a sheet
riving \'RAIV-ing\: shattering
purling \'PERL-ing\: swirling
blending \'BLEND-ing\: mixing
uproar \'AP-rour\: great, loud excitement

*pronunciation for 5-vowel languages
Simple present tense
... general information ("How does the water come down?")
... happens every day, every week, etc. ("It runs and it creeps for awhile.")

Present participle -ing form of verb
... to form the continuous (or progressive) tense ("Sounds and motions are blending.")
... can modify a noun ("sparkling water," verb ("comes sparkling"), or sentence

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