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Temple of the Sun

A street must always some respect from loyal subjects claim

Which from the House of Hanover derives its honoured name.

But even such a favoured street acquires a new renown,

And gives a brighter lustre to that corner of the town.

When day by day both grave and gay are thither seen to run

With eager anxious haste to seek the Temple of the Sun.

"The Temple of the Sun!" (you say) "why, what may these words mean?

"We're surely not fire worshippers nor have we ever been;

"We do not, like the Magi, feed the ever-flaming pyre,

"Although we all delight to stir a jolly Christmas fire;

"We all revere the weather clear, the worthy god of day,

"But not in an idolatrous or heathen sort of way!"

All this, no doubt, may be most true, but come along with me,

And in the street of Hanover, youll see what you shall see;

We need not quarrel about words, not take the pedant's tone,

But only come along with me and you at once will own

There ne'er have been such marvels seen, in either street or square

As Phbus shows his worshippers at number Sixty there.

Daily Scotsman:  Jan 31, 1857


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