Defacing Beauty

December 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

A Victorian on advertising..

“Shall woodland aisle and flower-paved pasture plead,
For loving head and reverent touch in vain,
But every unclean huckster may profane
Heaven’s sylvan shrines with sacrilegious greed?
By lust of gain divorced from Nature’s heart,
And quitting primrose brake and babbling brook
For sordid joys of meretricious mart,
Now they return, invade each shady nook,
Each fair seclusion, and with impious art
Deface the innocent Beauty they forsook…”

Former Poet Laureate Alfred Austin

h/t Guy Shrubsole

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