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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV.  1876–79.
 
Introductory
Written at an Inn at Henley
William Shenstone (1714–1763)
 
TO thee, fair Freedom! I retire
  From flattery, cards and dice, and din;
Nor art thou found in mansions higher
  Than the low cot or humble Inn.
 
’T is here with boundless power I reign;        5
  And every health which I begin
Converts dull port to bright champagne;
  Such freedom crowns it, at an Inn.
 
I fly from pomp, I fly from plate!
  I fly from Falsehood’s specious grin!        10
Freedom I love, and form I hate,
  And choose my lodgings at an Inn.
 
Here, waiter! take my sordid ore,
  Which lackeys else might hope to win;
It buys what courts have not in store,        15
  It buys me freedom at an Inn.
 
Whoe’er has travelled life’s dull round,
  Where’er his stages may have been,
May sigh to think he still has found
  The warmest welcome at an Inn.        20
 
 
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