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Poem by Henry Alford


ON thy green marge, thou vale of Avalon,
Not for that thou art crowned with ancient towers
And shafts and clustered pillars many an one,
Love I to dream away the sunny hours;
Not for that here in charméd slumber lie
The holy relics of that British king
Who was the flower of knightly chivalry,
Do I stand blest past power of uttering;Ч
But for that on thy cowslip-sprinkled sod
Alit of old the olive-bearing bird,
Meek messenger of purchased peace with God;
And the first hymns that Britain ever heard
Arose, the low preluding melodies
To the sweetest anthem that hath reached the skies.

Henry Alford

Poem Themes: Cities of England, Glastonbury

Henry Alford's other poems:
  1. Ampton, Suffolk
  2. Written at Ampton, Suffolk, January, 1838
  3. Sunset at Burton Pynsent, Somerset
  4. Haddon Hall, Derbyshire, July, 1836
  5. An Evening in Autumn, near Nether Stowey, Somerset

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