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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV.  1876–79.
 
Wardour Castle
Wardour Castle
William Lisle Bowles (1762–1850)
 
IF rich designs of sumptuous art may please,
Or nature’s loftier views august and old,
Stranger! behold this spreading scene;—behold
This amphitheatre of aged trees
That solemn wave above thee, and around        5
Darken the towering hills! Dost thou complain
That thou shouldst cope with penury or pain,
Or sigh to think what pleasures might be found
Amid such wide possessions!—Pause awhile;
Imagine thou dost see the sick man smile;        10
See the pale exiles that in yonder dome,
Safe from the wasteful storm, have found a home;
And thank the Giver of all good, that lent
To the humane, retired, beneficent
The power to bless. Nor lift thy heart elate        15
If such domains be thine; but emulate
The fair example, and those deeds that rise
Like holy incense wafted to the skies;
Those deeds that shall sustain the conscious soul,
When all this empty world hath perished like a scroll!        20
 
 
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