Tales Of A Traveller, By Washington Irving

















































































































 -  It is an ancient brick tower, hard
by merry Islington; the remains of a hunting-seat of Queen Elizabeth,
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It Is An Ancient Brick Tower, Hard By "Merry Islington;" The Remains Of A Hunting-Seat Of Queen Elizabeth, Where She Took The Pleasures Of The Country, When The Neighborhood Was All Woodland.

What gave it particular interest in my eyes, was the circumstance that it had been the residence of a poet.

It was here Goldsmith resided when he wrote his Deserted Village. I was shown the very apartment. It was a relique of the original style of the castle, with pannelled wainscots and gothic windows. I was pleased with its air of antiquity, and with its having been the residence of poor Goldy.

"Goldsmith was a pretty poet," said I to myself, "a very pretty poet; though rather of the old school. He did not think and feel so strongly as is the fashion now-a-days; but had he lived in these times of hot hearts and hot heads, he would have written quite differently."

In a few days I was quietly established in my new quarters; my books all arranged, my writing desk placed by a window looking out into the field; and I felt as snug as Robinson Crusoe, when he had finished his bower. For several days I enjoyed all the novelty of change and the charms which grace a new lodgings before one has found out their defects. I rambled about the fields where I fancied Goldsmith had rambled. I explored merry Islington; ate my solitary dinner at the Black Bull, which according to tradition was a country seat of Sir Walter Raleigh, and would sit and sip my wine and muse on old times in a quaint old room, where many a council had been held.

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