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First Line: Long shalt thou flourish, windsor! Bodying forth
Last Line: Fresh beings fraught with truth's imperishable hue.
Subject(s): Chaucer, Geoffrey (1342-1400); Windsor Castle

LONG shalt thou flourish, Windsor! bodying forth
Chivalric times, and long shall live around
Thy Castle -- the old oaks of British birth,
Whose knarled roots, tenacious and profound,
As with a lion's talons grasp the ground.
But should thy towers in ivied ruin rot,
There's one, thine inmate once, whose strain renowned
Would interdict thy name to be forgot;
For Chaucer loved thy bowers and trode this very spot.
Chaucer! our Helicon's first fountain-stream,
Our morning star of song -- that led the way
To welcome the long-after coming beam
Of Spenser's light and Shakspeare's perfect day.
Old England's fathers live in Chaucer's lay,
As if they ne'er had died. He grouped and drew
Their likeness with a spirit of life so gay,
That still they live and breathe in Fancy's view,
Fresh beings fraught with truth's imperishable hue.

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