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ABBOTSFORD, by            
First Line: This dream come true in quaintly towered stone
Last Line: And of earth's wordy praise there is no need.
Subject(s): Abbotsford (mansion, Roxburgh, U.k.); Scott, Sir Walter (1771-1832)


THIS dream come true in quaintly towered stone,
This palace of desire's accomplishment,
Here in his thought already had he known
A sunset calm of richly earned content,
When a harsh clarion summoned him to fight
In sordid lists, to purge another's shame.
Harp-hearted, he rang true, and proved him knight
Of that high chivalry who reck not fame,
Being content to stand with shield unstained
Before God's face. Crown with a nation's meed
The Bard -- but here, where patient and constrained
He toiled, when he had hoped to soar indeed,
Humbled, be still. His victory is gained
And of earth's wordy praise there is no need.





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