Ringwood Manse: A Pastoral Poem (Classic Reprint)
Ringwood Manse was long the peaceful abode of its owner, the late Thomas B. Balch, D. D. It is situated in Fauquier county, Virginia, near the hamlets of Auburn and Greenwich, within the beautiful valley of Piedmont, and in view of the Blue Ridge Mountains towering in the distance.
Amid these picturesque surroundings lived this learned divine with his accomplished consort, in happy contentment, beloved by all who knew them. Here they reared a numerous family of devoted children, under the benign influences, not only of their own instructions, but the pure impressions which Nature in her attractive environments, produced upon hearts thus prepared for all that would elevate their thoughts to Him, adored as the source of all true blessings.
The mother was a lady of rare gifts and culture, belonging to one of the noblest families of the grand old State, exhibiting in a remarkable degree qualities of heart and mind which distinguished her kinsman, General Robert E. Lee, and made his name known and loved throughout the world.
Although the author never had the pleasure of visiting the scenes referred to in this poem, he had the privilege, during a period of about forty years, of meeting frequently the head of this estimable family (a privilege greatly prized, as one of the most cherished memories of his heart): as, also, of receiving the more enduring impressions made by his pulpit ministrations.
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