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Poem Title:  In London

Poem Category:  Nature Poems

Poet:  Dora Wilcox

Poet Biography: 
Dora Wilcox (1873-1953) was a poet from New Zealand



Poem: 
When I look out on London's teeming streets, On grim grey houses, and on leaden skies, My courage fails me, and my heart grows sick, And I remember that fair heritage Barter'd by me for what your London gives. This is not Nature's city: I am kin To whatsoever is of free and wild, And here I pine between these narrow walls, And London's smoke hides all the stars from me, Light from mine eyes, and Heaven from my heart. For in an island of those Southern seas that lie behind me, guarded by the Cross That looks all night from out our splendid skies, I know a valley opening to the East. There, hour by hour, the lazy tide creeps in Upon the sands I shall not pace again


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