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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV.  1876–79.
 
Windsor
Return of George the Third to Windsor Castle
William Lisle Bowles (1762–1850)
 
NOT that thy name, illustrious dome! recalls
The pomp of chivalry in bannered halls,
The blaze of beauty, and the gorgeous sights
Of heralds, trophies, steeds, and crested knights;
Not that young Surrey there beguiled the hour        5
With “eyes upturned unto the maiden’s tower,”—
O, not for these the Muse officious brings
Her gratulations to the best of kings:
But that, from cities and from crowds withdrawn,
Calm peace may meet him on the twilight lawn;        10
That here among these gray primeval trees
He may inhale health’s animating breeze;
That these old oaks which far their shadows cast,
May soothe him while they whisper of the past.
And when from that proud terrace he surveys        15
Slow Thames devolving his majestic maze
(Now lost on the horizon’s verge, now seen
Winding through lawns, and woods, and pastures green),
May he reflect upon the waves that roll,
Bearing a nation’s wealth from pole to pole,        20
And own (ambition’s proudest boast above)
A king’s best glory is his country’s love.
 
 
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