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



By Robert Leighton (1822–1869)

TO Stratford-on-the-Avon. And we passed

Through aisles and avenues of the princeliest trees

That ever eyes beheld. None such with us

Here in the bleaker North. And as we went

Through Lucy’s park, the red day dropt i’ the west;

A crimson glow, like blood in lovers’ cheeks,

Spread up the soft green sky and passed away;

The mazy twilight came down on the lawns,

And all those huge trees seemed to fall asleep;

The deer went past like shadows. All the park

Lay round us like a dream; and one fine thought

Hung over us, and hallowed all. Yea, he,

The pride of England, glistened like a star,

And beckoned us to Stratford.