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

Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall, Derbyshire, July, 1836

By Henry Alford (1810–1871)

NOT fond displays of cost, nor pampered train

Of idle menials, me so much delight,

Nor mirrored halls, nor roofs with gilding bright,

Nor all the foolery of the rich and vain,

As these time-honored walls, crowning the plain

With their gray battlements; within bedight

With ancient trophies of baronial might,

And figures dim, inwoven in the grain

Of dusky tapestry. I love to muse

In present peace, on days of pomp and strife;

The daily struggles of our human life,

Seen through Time’s veil, their selfish coloring lose,

As here the glaring beams of outer day

Through ivy-shadowed oriels softened play.