Huddersfield Chronicle (07/Dec/1876) - Mag-Dale

The following is a transcription of a historic newspaper article and may contain occasional errors.

MAG-DALE.

I've gloomed in the city, that desert of men,
While thirsting for woodland, green, meadow, and glen.
But now on an o'sis whose waters ne'er fail
I glow 'midst thy sweetness, O lovely Mag-dale!

Oft, childlike, my vision I close to the day,
And dream till I think that I'm far, far away,
And then, in a moment of blissful surprise,
On thee, my loved valley, how banquet mine eyes.

But 'tis not thy beauty alone doth impart
The rapturous feeling that whirls in my heart,
'Tis mixed with emotions life cannot destroy,
That gush from the source of youth, infant, and boy.

This spot whence my cottage now smiles upon thee,
Was once the fair seat of thy famed 'cademy,
Where frequent a rival, and ever a friend,
I met with its worthies in lore to contend.

Mag river, that babbles or brawls at my feet—
When its features were brighter its breath was more sweet—
In summer and boyhood, I playfully pressed,
As blithe as a sunbeam, or trout in its breast.

Yon hallowed Stoneswood, which I daily regard,
I've trod as a truant, a lover, and bard;
And had I the power I would quickly restore,
Its shade-spreading branches to wave as of yore.

Thy stories of marvellous agencies, still
I hear with delight and a mystical thrill,
For though science may scout, the hour was divine,
When the spring of Nan-hob and her neighbour ran wine.

Thy witches are gone, but the fairy-folks good
Yet frolic 'tis said, in the Nook of Springwood,
And dance to the fountain-fall's moon mellowed glee
Around the charmed trunk of the twin beechen tree.

I've gloomed in the city, that desert of men,
While thirsting for woodland green meadows and glen.
But now on an o'sis whose waters ne'er fail
I glow midst thy sweetness O lovely Mag-dale!

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Chronicle (07/Dec/1876) - Mag-Dale

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