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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV.  1876–79.
 
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HERE, in a little rustic hermitage
Alfred the Saxon King, Alfred the Great,
Postponed the cares of kingship to translate
The Consolations of the Roman Sage.
Here Geoffrey Chaucer in his ripe old age        5
Wrote the unrivalled Tales, which soon or late
The venturous hand that strives to imitate
Vanquished must fall on the unfinished page.
Two kings were they, who ruled by right divine
And both supreme; one in the realm of Truth,        10
One in the realm of Fiction and of Song.
What prince hereditary of their line,
Uprising in the strength and flush of youth
Their glory shall inherit and prolong?
 
 
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