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LYNTON VERSES: 4. LYNTON TO PORLOCK (EXMOOR), by             Poet's Biography
First Line: From lynton when you drive to porlock
Last Line: Shoot honey-tongued quintessence of july!
Alternate Author Name(s): Brown, T. E.
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips

From Lynton when you drive to Porlock,
Just take old Tempus by the forelock --
In any case, don't hurry; time and tide --
Of course -- I know. But, where the roads divide,
Upon the moor,
Be sure
To shun the via dextra,
And choose the marvellous ride
(One half-hour extra)
That zigzags to a gate
Nigh Porlock town -- O, it is great,
That strip of Channel sea,
Backed with the prime of English Arcady!
It is not that the heather rushes
In mad tumultuous flushes
(Trickling's the word I'd use);
But O, the greens and blues
And browns whereon the crimson dwells;
The buds, the bells;
The drop from arch to arch
Of pine and larch;
The scented glooms where soft sun-fainting culvers
Elude the eye,
And fox-gloves, like innumerous-celled revolvers
Shoot honey-tongued quintessence of July!

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