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1834. Excerpt: ... A ROYAL POET. Though your body be confined, And
soft love a prisoner bound, Yet the beauty of your mind Neither
check nor chain hath found. Look out nobly, then, and dare Even the
fetters that you wear. Fletcher. On a soft sunny morning in the
genial month of May, I made an excursion to Windsor Castle. It is a
proud old pile, full of storied and poetical interest, and its very
external aspect is sufficient to inspire a train of fanciful and
romantic associations. It rears its irregular walls, and massive
towers, like a mural crown, round the brow of a lofty ridge, waves
its royal banner in the clouds, and looks down, with a lordly air,
upon the surrounding world. On this morning the weather was of that
voluptuous vernal kind, which calls forth all the latent romance of
a man's temperament, filling his mind with music, and disposing him
to quote poetry and dream of beauty. In wandering through the
magnificent saloons and long echoing galleries of the castle, I
passed with indifference by whole rows of portraits of warriors and
statesmen, but lingered in the chamber where hang the likenesses of
the beauties that graced the gay court of Charles the Second; and
as I gazed upon them, depicted with amorous half-dishevelled
tresses, and the sleepy eye of love, I blessed the pencil of Sir
Peter Lely, which had thus enabled me to bask in the reflected rays
of beauty. In traversing also the " large green courts" with
sunshine beaming on the grey walls, and glancing along the velvet
turf, my mind was engrossed with the image of the tender, the
gallant, but hapless Surrey, and his account of his loiterings
about them in his stripling days, when enamoured of the Lady
Geraldine: --With eyes cast up unto the maiden's tower, With easie
sighs, such as men draw in love. In ...
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