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Poem by John Dyer


The English Fog


How erring oft the judgment in its hate
Or fond desire! Those slow-descending showers,
Those hovering fogs, that bathe our growing vales
In deep November (loathed by trifling Gaul,
Effeminate), are gifts the Pleiads shed,
Britannia's handmaids. As the beverage falls,
Her hills rejoice, her valleys laugh and sing.

Hail noble Albion! where no golden mines,
No soft perfumes, nor oils, nor myrtle bowers,
The vigorous frame and lofty heart of man
Enervate: round whose stern cerulean brows
White-winged snow, and cloud, and pearly rain,
Frequent attend, with solemn majesty:
Rich queen of mists and vapors!



John Dyer


John Dyer's other poems:
  1. Ah Gentle Shepherd, Thine the Lot to Tend
  2. How to Shear Sheep
  3. Down Among the Dead Men
  4. The Inquiry
  5. Written at St. Peter's


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