Castles and Abbeys of England in Poetic and Romantic Lore

Castles and Abbeys of England in Poetic and Romantic Lore

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...his death. Whatever his love affairs with Queen Elizabeth may have been, one thing is sure, he never gained the throne. His epitaph in Drummond's "Collections" is a biting bit of satire. Here lies a valiant warrior, Who never drew a sword; Here lies a noble courtier, Who never kept his word; Here lies the Earl of Leicester, Who governed the estates, Whom the earth could never living love, And the just heaven hates. During the Civil War the castle was shamefully plundered and destroyed. The lake was drained, the walls and towers were broken, and the parks and gardens were hopelessly ruined. Dim peering through the vale of night, Yon murky forms bring back a crowd Of images that seed the light, Of ages picturing as they glide Athwart the tablet of my thought What did of good or ill betide These walls, and all the deeds here wrought.--LE'rHAM. At a short distance from the castle stands the former priory of Kenilworth, founded about the same time as the castle and by the same lord. Its income at the time of the dissolution amounted to 643, 14s. 9d. So much for Kenilworth.----With a feeling of regret we bid farewell to the historic spot. Illustrious ruin! hoary Kenilworth! Thou hast outlived the customs of thy day; And in the imbecellity of age, And now the spectacle of modern times. Yet though thy halls are silent, though thy bowers Re-echo back the traveler's lonely thread, Again imagination bids thee rise In all thy dread magnificence and strength, Thy drawbridge, foss, and frowning battlements, Portcullis, barbican, and donjon tower. WOODSTOCK PALACE. WOODSTOCK. FROM fields of death to Woodstock's peaceful glooms (The poet's haunt) Britannia's hero comes-Begin, my Muse, and softly touch the...show more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236764382
  • 9781236764386