IN HIGHGATE CEMETERY
by: William Allingham (1824-1889)
POEMS BY WILLIAM ALLINGHAM
- ar-spread below doth London wear
- Its cloud by day, its fire by night--
- Yet scarce with heavenly presence there
- Shrined in the smoke or pallid light.
- Incessant troops from that vast throng
- Withdraw to silent colonies;
- Where houses, lo, are fair and strong,
- Though ruins, all that dwell in these.
- Yet, 'neath the universal sky,
- Bright children here too run and sing,
- Calm verdure waxes green and high,
- And grave-side roses smell of Spring.
|"In Highgate Cemetery" is reprinted from Poems. William Allingham. London: Chapman and Hall, 1850.