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The complete works of C.S. Calverley

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Pages: 530

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Charles Stuart Calverley

Excerpt from book: "There stands a city." Ingoldsby. YEAR by year do Beauty's daughters, In the sweetest gloves and shawls, Troop to taste the Chattenham waters, And adorn the Chattenham balls. 14 Nulla non donanda lauru," Is that city: you could not, Placing England's map before you, Light on a more favour'd spot. If no clear translucent river Winds 'neath willow-shaded paths, " Children and adults " may shiver All day in " Chalybeate baths " : And on every side the painter Looks on wooded vale and plain And on fair hills, faint and fainter Outlined as they near the main. There I met with him, my chosen Friend—the "long" but not "stern swell,"1 Faultless in his hats and hosen, Whom the Johnian lawns know well:— Oh my comrade, ever valued ! Still I see your festive face: 1 "The kites know well the long stern swell That bids the Romans close."—Macaulay. Hear you humming of " the gal you'd Left behind " in massive bass : See you sit with that composure On the eeliest of hacks, That the novice would suppose your Manly limbs encased in wax : Or anon, when evening lent her Tranquil light to hill and vale, Urge, towards the table's centre, With unerring hand, the squail. Ah delectablest of summers! How my heart—that " muffled drum Which ignores the aid of drummers— Beats, as back thy memories come! O among the dancers peerless, Fleet of foot, and soft of eye! Need I say to you that cheerless Must my days be till I die ? At my side she mashed the fragrant Strawberry: lashes soft as silk Drooped o'er saddened eyes, when vagrant Gnats sought watery graves in milk : Then we danced, we walked together: Talked—no doubt on trivial topics: Such as Blondin, or the weather, Which " recalled us to the tropics...  

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