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Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington

[In The Keepsake for 1835 (London, UK: Longman, etc., 1834), p. 259: ]

     Yes, I have bask'd in sunny lands,
               And heard the southern accents sweet,
     Where summer with her lavish hands,
               Casts all her treasures at our feet.

5     I've gazed on palaces and shrines,
               Which mine own land can show me not;
     On golden orange groves, and vines --
               Yet, England, thou wert not forgot.

     I've gazed on marble forms all rife
10               With genius, such as sometimes start
     From out the poet's dream to life,
               To glorify the sculptor's art.

     Yet not blue skies, nor seas as blue,
               Nor moonlight emulating day,
15     Though robed in tints of rainbow hue
               Could charm me, when from home away.

     My heart for English faces sigh'd,
               For English accents pined in vain,
     Till when I press'd thy strand, and cried,
20               "Dear England, thou are mine again!"

Date: 1834 (Coding Revisions: 12/30/2005). Author: Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington (Coding Revisions: Laura Mandell).
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