Duns Scotus’s Oxford

  • Duns Scotus’s Oxford

  • Towery city and branchy between towers;
  • Cuckoo-echoing, bell-swarmèd, lark charmèd, rook-racked, river-rounded;
  • The dapple-eared lily below thee; that country and town did
  • Once encounter in, here coped and poisèd powers;
  • Thou hast a base and brickish skirt there, sours
  • That neighbour-nature thy grey beauty is grounded
  • Best in; graceless growth, thou hast confounded
  • Rural, rural keeping—folk, flocks, and flowers.
  • Yet ah! this air I gather and I release
  • He lived on; these weeds and waters, these walls are what
  • He haunted who of all men most sways my spirits to peace;
  • Of realty the rarest-veinèd unraveller; a not
  • Rivalled insight, be rival Italy or Greece;
  • Who fired France for Mary without spot.