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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
III. Eydon Hall
By George James De Wilde
(The Seat of the Rev. C. F. Annesley)
  “Era il detto luogo sopra una piccola montagnetta, da ogni parte lontano alquanto alle nostre strade, di varj albuscelli e piante tutte di verde fronde ripieno, piacevoli a riguardare: in sul colmo della quale era un palagio …. con pratelli dattorno, e con giardini maravigliosi.”—BOCCACCIO.

VERT alleys with trim trees arching o’erhead,
  And ending in a vista of blue hills,
  Statue, or vase, or nook where grottoed rills,
  Trickling from stone to stone, clear coolness shed;
Elsewhere a pleasaunce, with quaint patterns spread        5
  Of rarest flowers; an orangery that fills
  The air with that sweet odor which distils
  From Lisbon or the Azores, seaward led.
There needs but laughter from the shrubberies coming,
  Ladies, and rustling silks, a gorgeous show,        10
  And mantled cavaliers chitarras strumming
Or whispering love in willing ears;—and lo!
  A picture by Lancret or by Watteau,
  Or tale recorded by Boccaccio.

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