SOCIETY AT ROYAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS - Online Book

People, Society & Culture of Tunbridge Wells in the 18th Century & later.

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Royal Tunbridge Wells
" Thy waters youth in age renew, Strength to the weak and sickly add, Give the pale cheek a rosy hue, And cheerful spirits to the sad.
" And whilst some muse shall raise a song, With all her power and all her grace, Justly to tell the splendid throng That crowd and dignify the place;
M Where health and social pleasures reign, Where polish'd ease and freedom dwells, No new or ancient fount shall gain A greater fame than Tunbridge Wells,11
WRITTEN ON THE FIRST VIEW OF TUNBRIDGE WELLS
By Mr. Lockman
" Curious, the bookish man surveying The shiftings of this gaudy scene; The tattling, gaming, dancing, praying, Says, What can this strange medley mean ?
" As in each new-found nook he pries, Amaz'd, he shews a scornful air; And to himself indignant cries, This must be, Vanity, thy fair.
" Not so the belle, in fashions skilPd, And a great trav'ller in romance, To her the walks, balls, play-rooms yield Raptures, which all her soul entrance.
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