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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV.  1876–79.
Rylstone Hall
William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

’T IS night: in silence looking down,
The moon from cloudless ether sees
A camp, and a beleaguered town,
And castle like a stately crown
On the steep rocks of winding Tees;        5
And southward far, with moor between,
Hill-top, and flood, and forest green,
The bright moon sees that valley small
Where Rylstone’s old sequestered Hall
A venerable image yields        10
Of quiet to the neighboring fields,
While from one pillared chimney breathes
The smoke, and mounts in silver wreaths.
The courts are hushed; for timely sleep
The greyhounds to their kennel creep;        15
The peacock in the broad ash-tree
Aloft is roosted for the night,—
He who in proud prosperity
Of colors manifold and bright
Walked round, affronting the daylight;        20
And higher still, above the bower
Where he is perched, from yon lone tower
The hall-clock in the clear moonshine
With glittering finger points at nine.

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