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Poem by Arthur Henry Hallam


Written at Caudebec in Normandy


WHEN life is crazy in my limbs,
  And hope is gone astray,
And in my souls December fade
  The love-thoughts of its May,
One spot of earth is left to me
  Will warm my heart again:
T is Caudebec and Mailleraie
  On the pleasant banks of Seine.

The dark woods crownal on the hill,
  The river curving bright,
The graceful barks that rest or play,
  Pure creatures of delight,
O, these are shows by nature given
  To warm old hearts again,
At Caudebec and Mailleraie
  On the pleasant banks of Seine.

The Tuscans land, I loved it well,
  And the Switzers clime of snow,
And many a bliss me there befell
  I nevermore can know:
But for quiet joy of natures own
  To warm the heart again,
Give me Caudebec and Mailleraie
  On the pleasant banks of Seine.



Arthur Henry Hallam


Arthur Henry Hallam's other poems:
  1. A Farewell to Glenarbac
  2. Written in Edinburgh


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