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



By Anonymous

O OXFORD! let delivered Britain know

From thy famed seats her several blessings flow.

The accoutred barons and assisting knights

In thee prepared for council or for fights,

Planned and obtained her civil liberty:

Truth found her fearless witnesses in thee;

When, tried as gold, saints, from thy tottering pyres,

Rose up to heaven, Elijah-like, in fires!

Peace to thy walls! and honor to thy name!

May age to age record thy gathering fame!

While thy still favored seats pour forth their youth,

Brave advocates of liberty and truth!

In fair succession rise to bless the realm!

Fathers in church, and statesmen at the helm!