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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV.  1876–79.
 
Beccles
Beccles
George Crabbe (1754–1832)
 
(From The Lover’s Journey)

FORTH rode Orlando by a river’s side,
Inland and winding, smooth, and full and wide,
That rolled majestic on, in one soft flowing tide;
The bottom gravel, flowery were the banks,
Tall willows, waving in their broken ranks;        5
The road, now near, now distant, winding led
By lovely meadows which the waters fed;
He passed the wayside inn, the village spire,
Nor stopped to gaze, to question, or admire;
On either side the rural mansions stood,        10
With hedge-row trees, and hills high-crowned with wood,
And many a devious stream that reached the nobler flood.
 
 
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