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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
The Homes of England
By Felicia Dorothea Hemans (1793–1835)
 
THE STATELY homes of England!
  How beautiful they stand
Amidst their tall ancestral trees,
  O’er all the pleasant land!
The deer across their greensward bound        5
  Through shade and sunny gleam;
And the swan glides past them with the sound
  Of some rejoicing stream.
 
The merry homes of England!
  Around their hearths by night        10
What gladsome looks of household love
  Meet in the ruddy light!
There woman’s voice flows forth in song,
  Or childhood’s tale is told;
Or lips move tunefully along        15
  Some glorious page of old.
 
The blessed homes of England!
  How softly on their bowers
Is laid the holy quietness
  That breathes from Sabbath hours!        20
Solemn, yet sweet, the church-bell’s chime
  Floats through their woods at morn;
All other sounds in that still time
  Of breeze and leaf are born.
 
The cottage homes of England!        25
  By thousands on her plains
They are smiling o’er the silvery brooks
  And round the hamlet fanes.
Through glowing orchards forth they peep,
  Each from its nook of leaves;        30
And fearless there the lowly sleep,
  As the birds beneath their eaves.
 
The free, fair homes of England!
  Long, long, in hut and hall,
May hearts of native proof be reared        35
  To guard each hallowed wall!
And green forever be the groves,
  And bright the flowery sod,
Where first the child’s glad spirit loves
  Its country and its God!        40
 
 
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