Over 140,000 photos of England.
17,000+ Members
Click here to join the community
Pictures of England
 

Exploring the most Picturesque & Historic parts of England..

Alcuin's Poem of York

By Alcuin (735 - 804)



Image of York by Nand de Rijk ©


Alcuin's Poem of York

My heart is set to praise my home

And briefly tell the ancient cradling

Of York's famed city through the charms of verse.

It was a Roman army built it first ,

High-walled and towered, and made the native tribes

Of Britain allied partners in the task –

For then a prosperous Britain rightly bore

The rule of Rome whose sceptre ruled the world –

To be a merchant-town of land and sea,

A mighty stonghold for their governors,

An Empire's pride and terror to its foes,

A haven for the ships from distant ports

Across the ocean, where the sailor hastes

To cast his rope ashore and stay to rest.

The city is watered by the fish-rich Ouse

Which flows past flowery plains on every side;

And hills and forests beautify the earth

And make a lovely dwelling-place, whose health

And richness soon will fill it full of men.

The best of realms and people round came there

In hope of gain, to seek in that rich earth

For riches, there to make both home and gain.

By Alcuin (735 - 804)



Please add a comment and rate this poem..

Please login to make a comment and rate this England poem

More poems about England..

PoemAuthor
The Secret PeopleG K Chesterton
A Dream Or NoThomas Hardy © (1840 - 1928)
Cornish CliffsSir John Betjeman © (1906 - 1984)
LudlowJohn Creber ©
JerusalemWilliam Blake
Home Thoughts, From AbroadRobert Browning (1812 - 1889)
The SoldierRupert Brooke (1887 - 1915)
England, My EnglandWilliam Ernest Henley (1849 - 1903)
Happy Is EnglandJohn Keats (1795 - 1821)
Young EnglandWilliam Wordsworth (1770 - 1850)
Song to the men of EnglandPercy Bysshe Shelley
I Wandered Lonely As A CloudWilliam Wordsworth (1770 - 1850)
ETERNAL ENGLANDThurstan Bassett ©
Memories of Winter on a Dorset MoorHarry E Wheeler ©
The English Country LaneChris Plows ©