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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV.  1876–79.
Rydal Mount
Maria Jane Jewsbury (1800–1833)
(From The Poet’s Home)

LOW and white, yet scarcely seen,
Are its walls for mantling green;
Not a window lets in light
But through flowers clustering bright;
Not a glance may wander there        5
But it falls on something fair:
Garden choice and fairy mound,
Only that no elves are found;
Winding walk and sheltered nook,
For student grave and graver book;        10
Or a bird-like bower, perchance,
Fit for maiden and romance.
Then, far off, a glorious sheen
Of wide and sunlit waters seen;
Hills that in the distance lie        15
Blue and yielding as the sky;
And nearer, closing round the nest,
The home,—of all the “living crest”;
Other rocks and mountains stand
Rugged, yet a guardian band,        20
Like those that did in fable old
Elysium from the world enfold.
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