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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Spain, Portugal, Belgium, and Holland: Vols. XIV–XV.  1876–79.
 
Belgium: Waterloo
The Field of Battle
Robert Southey (1774–1843)
 
(From The Poet’s Pilgrimage)

SOUTHWARD from Brussels lies the field of blood,
  Some three hours’ journey for a well-girt man;
A horseman who in haste pursued his road
  Would reach it as the second hour began.
The way is through a forest deep and wide,        5
Extending many a mile on either side.
 
No cheerful woodland this of antic trees
  With thickets varied and with sunny glade;
Look where he will, the weary traveller sees
  One gloomy, thick, impenetrable shade        10
Of tall straight trunks, which move before his sight,
  With interchange of lines of long green light.
 
Here, where the woods receding from the road
  Have left on either hand an open space
For fields and gardens and for man’s abode,        15
  Stands Waterloo; a little lowly place,
Obscure till now, when it hath risen to fame,
And given the victory its English name.
 
 
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