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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV. 1876–79.

New Forest

For a Monument in the New Forest

By Robert Southey (1774–1843)

THIS is the place where William’s kingly power

Did from their poor and peaceful homes expel,

Unfriended, desolate, and shelterless,

The inhabitants of all the fertile tract

Far as these wilds extend. He levelled down

Their little cottages, he bade their fields

Lie waste, and forested the land, that so

More royally might he pursue his sports.

If that thine heart be human, Passenger!

Sure it will swell within thee, and thy lips

Will mutter curses on him. Think thou then

What cities flame, what hosts unsepulchred

Pollute the passing wind, when raging Power

Drives on his bloodhounds to the chase of Man;

And, as thy thoughts anticipate that day

When God shall judge aright, in charity

Pray for the wicked rulers of mankind.