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

Richmond, Surry


By James Thomson (1834–1882)

(From Summer)

SAY, shall we wind

Along the streams? or walk the smiling mead?

Or court the forest glades? or wander wild

Among the waving harvests? or ascend,

While radiant Summer opens all its pride,

Thy hill, delightful Shene? Here let us sweep

The boundless landscape: now the raptured eye,

Exulting swift, to huge Augusta send,

Now to the Sister Hills that skirt her plain,

To lofty Harrow now, and now to where

Majestic Windsor lifts his princely brow.

In lovely contrast to this glorious view

Calmly magnificent, then will we turn

To where the silver Thames first rural grows.

There let the feasted eye unwearied stray:

Luxurious, there, rove through the pendant woods

That nodding hang o’er Harrington’s retreat;

And, stopping thence to Ham’s embowering walks,

Beneath whose shades, in spotless peace retired,

With her the pleasing partner of his heart,

The worthy Queensberry yet laments his Gay,

And polished Cornbury wooes the willing Muse,

Slow let us trace the matchless vale of Thames;

Fair winding up to where the Muses haunt

In Twit’nam’s bowers, and for their Pope implore

The healing God; to royal Hampton’s pile,

To Clermont’s terraced height, and Esher’s groves,

Where in the sweetest solitude, embraced

By the soft windings of the silent Mole,

From courts and senates Pelham finds repose.

Enchanting vale! beyond whate’er the Muse

Has of Achaia or Hesperia sung!

O vale of bliss! O softly swelling hills!

On which the power of cultivation lies,

And joys to see the wonders of his toil.

Heavens! what a goodly prospect spreads around,

Of hills, and dales, and woods, and lawns, and spires,

And glittering towns, and gilded streams, till all

The stretching landscape into smoke decays!

Happy Britannia! where the Queen of Arts,

Inspiring vigor, Liberty abroad

Walks, unconfined, even to thy farthest cots,

And scatters plenty with unsparing hand.