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THE RURAL LIFE OF ENGLAND:

BY

WILLIAM HOWITT,

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AUTHOR OF

THE BOOK OF THE SEASONS," ETC.

her in 1537 UANS

IN TWO VOLUMES.- VOL. I.

nc.

LONDON:
LONGMAN, ORME, BROWN, GREEN,

LONGMANS.

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0, dear Britain ! O my mother isle !
Needs must thou prove a name most dear and holy
To me, a son, a brother, and a friend,
A husband, and a father! who revere
All bonds of natural love, and find them all
Within the limits of thy rocky shores.
O native Britain ! O my mother isle !
How shouldst thou prove aught else but dear, and holy
To me, who from thy lakes and mountain rills,
Thy clouds, thy quiet dales, thy rocks and seas,
Have drank in all my intellectual life,
All sweet sensations, all ennobling thoughts,
All adoration of the God in nature,
All lovely and all honorable things,
Whatever makes this mortal spirit feel
The joys and greatness of future being
There lives not form nor feeling in my soul
Unborrowed from my country. O divine
And beauteous island ! thou hast been my sole
And most magnificent temple, in the which
I walk with awe, and sing my stately songs,
Loving the God who made me.

Coleridge.

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