“The Stately Homes of England”

THE stately Homes of England,

How beautiful they stand! Amidst their tall ancestral trees,

O’er all the pleasant land. The deer across their greensward bound

Thro’ shade and sunny gleam, And the swan glides past them with the sound

Of some rejoicing stream.

The Homes of England, Felicia Hemans (1827)

Felicia Dorothea Browne Hemans (1793 – 1835) was an English poet.  Born in Liverpool she came to refer to Wales as her adopted birthplace:

The land of my childhood, my home and my dead.

She was only fourteen when she published her first works, dedicated to the Prince of Wales, and soon attracted the notice of Percy Bysshe Shelley.  Her husband left her, so she supported herself and her five sons with her pen.

When she died of the dropsy, she had a considerable following in both the UK and the US.

I love the stately homes of England.  So did she.  Neither of us have ever lived in one.

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