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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
Laurence Binyon. 1869–
64. The House That Was
OF the old house, only a few crumbled 
  Courses of brick, smothered in nettle and dock, 
Or a squared stone, lying mossy where it tumbled! 
  Sprawling bramble and saucy thistle mock 
What once was firelit floor and private charm         5
  Where, seen in a windowed picture, hills were fading 
At dusk, and all was memory-coloured and warm, 
  And voices talked, secure from the wind's invading. 
Of the old garden, only a stray shining 
  Of daffodil flames amid April's cuckoo-flowers,  10
Or a cluster of aconite mixt with weeds entwining! 
  But, dark and lofty, a royal cedar towers 
By homely thorns: whether the white rain drifts 
  Or sun scorches, he holds the downs in ken, 
The western vale; his branchy tiers he lifts,  15
  Older than many a generation of men. 

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