The Bijou

The Bijou;

or Annual of Literature and the Arts

compiled by William Fraser

London: William Pickering,


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On His Majety's Return to Windsor Castle
By the Rev. W. Lisle Bowles
NOT that thy name, illustrious dome, recalls 1
The pomp of chivalry in banner'd halls, 2
The blaze of beauty, and the gorgeous sights 3
Of heralds, trophies, steeds, and crested knights; 4
Not that young Surrey there beguil'd the hour 5
With "eyes upturn'd unto the maiden's tower;" 6
Oh! not for these, the muse officious brings 7
Her gratulations to the best of Kings; 8
But that from cities and from crowds withdrawn, 9
Calm peace may meet him on the twilight lawn — 10
That here, among these grey primeval trees, 11
He may inhale health's animating breeze — 12
That these old oaks, which far their shadow cast, 13
May sooth him, while they whisper of the past; 14
And when from that proud Terrace he surveys 15
Slow Thames devolving his majestic maze, 16
(Now lost on the horizon's verge, now seen 17
Winding through lawns, and woods, and pastures green) 18

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May he reflect upon the waves that roll, 19
Bearing a nation's wealth from pole to pole, 20
And own (ambition's proudest boast above) 21
A King's best glory is his country's Love. 22
from The Bijou, 1828, pp. 91-92
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