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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV.  1876–79.
 
London
Return to London
Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
 
FROM the dull confines of the drooping west,
To see the day spring from the pregnant east,
Ravisht in spirit, I come, nay more, I flie
To thee, blest place of my nativitie!
Thus, thus with hallowed foot I touch the ground,        5
With thousand blessings by thy fortune crown’d.
O fruitful genius! that bestowest here
An everlasting plenty, yeere by yeere.
O place! O people! manners! fram’d to please
All nations, customes, kindreds, languages!        10
I am a free-born Roman; suffer then,
That I amongst you live a citizen.
London my home is; though by hard fate sent
Into a long and irksome banishment,
Yet since call’d back, henceforward let me be,        15
O native countrey, repossest by thee!
For, rather then I ’le to the west return,
I ’le beg of thee first here to have mine urn.
Weak I am grown, and must in short time fall;
Give thou my sacred reliques buriall.        20
 
 
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