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

London Taverns

The Red Lion, Drury Lane

By Oliver Goldsmith (1730–1774)

(From Description of an Author’s Bed-chamber)

WHERE the Red Lion, staring o’er the way,

Invites each passing stranger that can pay;

Where Calvert’s butt and Parson’s black champagne

Regale the drabs and bloods of Drury Lane;

There in a lonely room, from bailiffs snug,

The Muse found Scroggen stretched beneath a rug.