Edmund Waller (1606-1687), On St. James's Park, as Lately Improved by His Majesty
, lines 67-76:
Near this my Muse, what most delights her, sees
A living gallery of aged trees;
Bold sons of earth, that thrust their arms so high,
As if once more they would invade the sky. 70
In such green palaces the first kings reign'd,
Slept in their shades, and angels entertain'd;
With such old counsellors they did advise,
And, by frequenting sacred groves, grew wise.
Free from th'impediments of light and noise, 75
Man, thus retired, his nobler thoughts employs.