Alfred Austin

(30 May 1835 – 2 June 1913 / Headingley)

Covet Who Will The Patronage Of Kings - Poem by Alfred Austin

`Covet who will the patronage of Kings,
And pompous titles Emperors bestow,
Splendour, and revelry, and all that brings
A thousand bitter thoughts, a world of woe:
A meadow glistening in an April shower,
A green-banked rivulet, and, near his nest,
A blackbird carolling in guelder bower,
'Tis these that soothe and satisfy the breast.'

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 7, 2010

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