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Poem by William Lisle Bowles

Return of George the Third to Windsor Castle

NOT that thy name, illustrious dome! recalls
The pomp of chivalry in bannered halls,
The blaze of beauty, and the gorgeous sights
Of heralds, trophies, steeds, and crested knights;
Not that young Surrey there beguiled the hour
With eyes upturned unto the maidens tower,
O, not for these the Muse officious brings
Her gratulations to the best of kings:
But that, from cities and from crowds withdrawn,
Calm peace may meet him on the twilight lawn;
That here among these gray primeval trees
He may inhale healths animating breeze;
That these old oaks which far their shadows cast,
May soothe him while they whisper of the past.
And when from that proud terrace he surveys
Slow Thames devolving his majestic maze
(Now lost on the horizons verge, now seen
Winding through lawns, and woods, and pastures green),
May he reflect upon the waves that roll,
Bearing a nations wealth from pole to pole,
And own (ambitions proudest boast above)
A kings best glory is his countrys love.

William Lisle Bowles

William Lisle Bowles's other poems:
  1. Banwell Hill
  2. On the Funeral of Charles the First at Night, in St. Georges Chapel, Windsor
  3. Restoration of Malmesbury Abbey
  4. The Ancient Caleva
  5. Elegy Written at the Hot-Wells, Bristol

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