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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. IV. The Nineteenth Century: Wordsworth to Rossetti
‘Lately our poets loitered’
By Walter Savage Landor (1775–1864)
  LATELY our poets loitered in green lanes,
Content to catch the ballad of the plains;
  I fancied I had strength enough to climb
  A loftier station at no distant time,
And might securely from intrusion doze        5
  Upon the flowers thro’ which Ilissus flows.
In those pale olive grounds all voices cease,
  And from afar dust fills the paths of Greece.
My slumber broken and my doublet torn,
  I find the laurel also bears a thorn.        10

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