The Stately homes of England,
How beautiful they stand!
Amidst their tall ancestral trees,
O'er all the pleasant land!
The deer across the greenwood bound,
Through shade and sunny gleam;
And the swan glides past them with the sound
Of some rejoicing stream.
The Cottage homes of England!
by thousands, on her plains,
They are smiling o'er her silvery brooks,
And round the hamlet fanes.
Through glowing orchards forth they peep.
Each from its mote of leaves,
And fearless there they lowly sleep,
As the birds beneath their eaves.
Homes of England ~ Felicia Dorothea Hemans.