Punch,  47 (1864), 222.

Wimbledon Preserved



Poetry, Drollery


Environmentalism, Physiology, Health, Feeling, Natural Theology, Progress, Industry

    Evidently following news discussed in PU1/47/22/4, this poem begins by explaining that just as Ataeus 'ever must renew his force / Upon earth's bosom' so we, to prevent our decline, 'must regard the lilies of the field' and gain inspiration from 'Heaven's hieroglyphics in Earth's book unsealed'. Questions how this can be done 'if always spreading, day by day, / The City creep o'er meadow, heath, and moor'. However, relishes the thought that there will be 'one retreat'—Wimbledon Common—'Kept sacred' by the 'noble' John P Spencer (5th Earl Spencer).

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