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... I see descriptions of the fairest wights , And beauty making beautiful old rhyme
In praise of ladies dead , and lovely knights ; Then in the blazon of sweet beauty '
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Tower ' d cities please us then And the busy hum of men , Where throngs of
knights and barons bold , In weeds of peace high triumphs hold , With store of
ladies , whose bright eyes Rain influence , and judge the prize Of wit or arms ,
T . Hood CCXXXVI ROSABELLE O listen , listen , ladies gay ! No haughty feat of
arms I tell ; Soft is the note , and sad the lay That mourns the lovely Rosabelle .
Moor , moor the barge , ye gallant crew And , gentle lady , deign to stay ! Rest
W . Wordsworth CCXXXIX HUNTING SONG Waken , lords and ladies gay , On
the mountain dawns the day ; All the jolly chase is here With hawk and horse and
hunting - spear ; Hounds are in their couples yelling , Hawks are whistling , horns
Waken , lords and ladies gay , To the greenwood haste away ; We can show you
where he lies , Fleet of foot and tall of size ; We can show the marks he made
When ' gainst the oak his antlers fray ' d ; You shall see him brought to bay ;
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - PollyMoore3 - LibraryThing
An updated version including some more modern poems. Among many favourites, it includes Ben Jonson's “Hymn to Diana”, one of the most perfect lyrics in the English language (you can recite it to the moon, and I have been known to), and “It is not growing like a tree”. Read full review
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English poetry from the 1500's through the 1800's. Dedicated to Alfred Tennyson, Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland from 1850-1892. It has end notes with lots of extra information, an index of ... Read full review