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



By Henry Alford (1810–1871)

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;—

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.