The Heroic Age

Pot-bellied Innkeeper,
Doctor and Squire -
Proprietorial laughter,
Claret,  beef,  port.

A private world of eloquence,
Felicities in Latin;
Heavy coats and walking sticks,
Church bells and sin.

Vibrant language radiant
From London to the Hebrides,
With genial enlightened Hume
An image of how human

Life might be.
The low spark on cobblestones
Lights up the rich
Rambunctious literati.