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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
II. Wheathamstead
By George James De Wilde
TO thy fresh slopes and hazel-shadowed lanes,
  And sedgy river with its deep green nooks,
  Where sits the watching hen, and skyward looks
  The water-lily;—to thy breezy plains
And village homes, long years gone by I came,        5
  Lured by the magic of a mighty name,
  A glad enthusiast. I come once more,—
  Not with the exulting heart which then I bore,
But with a heavy memory that never
  Shall fail to shadow what bright hour soever,—        10
  To find thee still as lovely as of yore,
And feel the poet’s truth is written here,—
  “A thing of beauty is a joy forever”;
  Hearty and homely, loving Hertfordshire. 1
Note 1. See Charles Lamb’s exquisite paper in the “Essays of Elia,” entitled “Mackery End, in Hertfordshire.” [back]

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