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Poem by Henry Alford


Stratford-upon-Avon, January, 1837


WE stood upon the tomb of him whose praise
Time, nor oblivious thrift, nor envy chill,
Nor war, nor ocean with her severing space,
Shall hinder from the peopled world to fill;
And thus, in fulness of our heart, we cried:
Gods works are wonderful,the circling sky,
The rivers that with noiseless footing glide,
Mans firm-built strength, and womans liquid eye;
But the high spirit that sleepeth here below,
More than all beautiful and stately things,
Glory to God the mighty Maker brings;
To whom alone t was given the bounds to know
Of human action, and the secret springs
Whence the deep streams of joy and sorrow flow.



Henry Alford

Poem Theme: Cities of England

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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