Of the <something> kids whose wealth and looks
Were not enough to maintain such style
In the face of War and .....
Were not enough to keep them clear
Of the challenges of the coming years
This is getting closer, though I'm not satisfied with repetition of looks / overlooks. However:
Aside from the splendour of portraits fine
And chandeliers that glitter and shine
There are toys and dolls and well-thumbed books
In the pleasant nursery that overlooks
The formal gardens and the (well-trimmed) box
Here played the children whose wealth and looks
Were not enough to steer them clear
Of the fateful challenges of the coming years
I'm happier with 'here played' but less so with 'fateful'.
I'll have another look at this after the weekend, when I shall be busy at the NATE Conference in York.