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First Line: Round all its nooks and corners goes
Last Line: While empires shudder into night.
Alternate Author Name(s): Blunden, Edmund
Subject(s): England; Hotels; Landscape; English; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses

ROUND all its nooks and corners goes
The evening talk, in this old inn;
The darkening room by use well knows
Each thread of life that these upspin.

The triumphs of the wooer, player,
Eclogues of praise for mead and beer,
The fabled wealth, the generous fair
Ring round the wonted changes here.

In elmtrees' gloom the western ray
Drowns, the sad cloud steals like a shroud
Drawn over one that died to-day,
And to my spirit memory-bowed

The world with all its wars and wails
Seems turning slow; but here are some
With whom no black gazette prevails,
Whom no disaster renders dumb.

Against the thunderclouds of race
Their cottage candles give them light,
They like their clocks keep one same pace
While empires shudder into night.

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