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Poem by Robert Leighton


TO live in London was my young wood-dream,Ч
London, where all the books come from, the lode
That draws into its centre from all points
The bright steel of the world; where Shakespeare wrote,
And Eastcheap is, with all its memories
Of gossip Quickly, Falstaff, and Prince Hal;
Where are the very stones that Milton trod,
And Johnson, Garrick, Goldsmith, and the rest;
Where even now our Dickens builds a shrine
That pilgrims through all time will come to see,Ч
London! whose street names breathe such home to all:
Cheapside, the Strand, Fleet Street, and Ludgate Hill,
Each name a very story in itself.
To live in London!ЧLondon, the buskined stage
Of history, the archive of the past,Ч
The heart, the centre of the living world!
Wake, dreamer, to your village and your work.

Robert Leighton

Poem Themes: London, Cities of England

Robert Leighton's other poems:
  1. The Gorsy Glen
  2. Seven Churches of Clonmacnoise
  3. Glen-Messen
  4. Near Dunbar
  5. York Minster

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Samuel Johnson London ("THOUGH grief and fondness in my breast rebel")
  • John Davidson London ("Athwart the sky a lowly sigh")
  • Joanna Baillie London ("IT is a goodly sight through the clear air")
  • Philip Bailey London ("I love thee, London! for thy many men")

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