Gateway to the Classics: In the Days of the Guild by Louise Lamprey
In the Days of the Guild by  Louise Lamprey

Midsummer Day in England

A thousand years ago this England drew

Into her magic circle, Robin, Puck,

Friar Rush, the Jester—all the wizard crew

That foot it through the mazes for good luck.

Flyting and frisking through Sussex lanes

They watched the Roman legions come and go,

And the tall ships that once were kingly Spain's

Driven like drifting snow.

Midsummer Day in England! Faery bells

Blue as the skies— and wheat-fields poppy-sown,

Queen Mab's own roses—hawthorn-scented dells,

And marshes where the bittern broods alone.

Bees of this garden, over Salisbury Plain

The circling airships drone!

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