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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV.  1876–79.
 
Walton
Walton Castle
William Lisle Bowles (1762–1850)
 
(From Banwell Hill)

                        LOOK around!
Above the winding reach of Severn stands,
With massy fragments of forsaken towers,
Thy castle, solitary Walton. Hark!
Through the lone ivied arch was it the wind        5
Came fitful! There by moonlight we might stand,
And deem it some old castle of romance;
And on the glimmering ledge of yonder rock,
Above the wave, fancy it was the form
Of a spectre-lady for a moment seen,        10
Lifting her bloody dagger, then with shrieks
Vanishing! Hush! there is no sound,—no sound
But of the Severn sweeping onward! Look!
There is no bleeding apparition there,—
No fiery phantoms glare along thy walls!        15
Surrounded by the works of silent art,
And far, far more endearing, by a group
Of breathing children, their possessor lives;
And ill should I deserve the name of bard,
Of courtly bard, if I could touch this theme        20
Without a prayer,—an earnest, heartfelt prayer,—
When one, whose smile I never saw but once,
Yet cannot well forget,—when one now blooms,
Unlike the spectre-lady of the rock,
A living and a lovely bride!        25
 
 
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