The Blackbird: Frederick Tennyson
"The woods, the lawn, the peaked Manor-house,
With its peach-cover’d walls, and rookery loud,
The trim, quaint garden alleys, screen’d with boughs,
The lion-headed gates, so grim and proud,
The mossy fountain with its murmurings,
Lie in warm sunshine—while the Blackbird sings....."
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