Ban and Arriere Ban

Author: Andrew Lang


[Written under the influence of Wordsworth, with a slate-pencil on a window of the dining-room at the Lowood Hotel, Windermere, while waiting for tea, after being present at the Grasmere Sports on a very wet day, and in consequence of a recent perusal of Belinda, a
Novel, by Miss Broughton, whose absence is regretted.]

How solemn is the front of this Hotel,
When now the hills are swathed in modest mist,
And none can speak of scenery, nor tell
Of ’tints of amber,’ or of ’amethyst.’
Here once thy daughters, young Romance, did dwell,
Here Sara flirted with whoever list,
Belinda loved not wisely but too well,
And Mr. Ford played the Philologist!
Haunted the house is, and the balcony
Where that fond Matron knew her Lover near,
And here we sit, and wait for tea, and sigh,
While the sad rain sobs in the sullen mere,
And all our hearts go forth into the cry,
Would that the teller of the tale were here!


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Chicago: Andrew Lang, "Lines," Ban and Arriere Ban, ed. Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902 and trans. Seaton, R. C. in Ban and Arriere Ban (New York: George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892), Original Sources, accessed October 3, 2022,

MLA: Lang, Andrew. "Lines." Ban and Arriere Ban, edited by Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902, and translated by Seaton, R. C., in Ban and Arriere Ban, New York, George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Original Sources. 3 Oct. 2022.

Harvard: Lang, A, 'Lines' in Ban and Arriere Ban, ed. and trans. . cited in ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Ban and Arriere Ban, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 3 October 2022, from