This poem was first published in Poems in Wiltshire (1911) (1911) but also appeared in Selected Poems (1925). It was subtitled 'The Wiltshire Dialect Poet' in the former and 'Wilton' in the latter.
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Edward Slow was a contemporary of Alfred, and is probably most famous for his poem about the legend of the Moonrakers.


Edward, whatever hence shall be thy lot,
   Whether thou lingerest in thy decline
   Or thy presuming fates too soon combine
To wrench thee from this dear and flowery spot
However this shall be, it matters not,
   Be sure, the breath and spirit of thy line,
   Apart from any eulogy of mine
Will serve thee, thou wilt never be forgot!
My right good wishes for thy safety, friend!
   And whosoever, when the curfew chimes,
   Sitting at ease shall read thy merry rhymes,
Threading the humorous page from end to end,
Let him with sympathetic heart attend
   And bless the memory of the good old times.

Alfred presented a copy of Cor Cordium to Edward Slow, as this inscription in the book, owned by Roy Burton, shows:



Edward Slow - Wiltshire Moonraker website


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