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Hymn

Observed: 27th June 2012 By: jeremyrjeremyr’s reputation in Birdsjeremyr’s reputation in Birdsjeremyr’s reputation in Birdsjeremyr’s reputation in Birds
raven
the quarry
Description:

"King of the perennial holly-groves, the riven sandstone: overlord of the M5: architect of the historic rampart and ditch, the citadel at Tamworth, the summer hermitage in Holy Cross: guardian of the Welsh Bridge and the Iron Bridge: contractor to the desirable new estates: salt-master: money-changer: commissioner for oaths: martyrologist: the friend of Charlemagne.
'I liked that,' said Offa, 'sing it again.'
The princes of Mercia were badger and raven. Thrall
to their freedom, I dug and hoarded. Orchards
fruited above clefts. I drank from honeycombs of chill sandstone."
(from 'Mercian Hymns', Geoffrey Hill '71)

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Comments

mattprince1969's picture

Cracking bird.. long may it protect the M5..

Krummi krunkar úti, kallar á nafna sinn.
Ég fann höfuð af hrúti, hrygg og
gæruskinn.
Komdu nú og kroppaðu með mér,
krummi nafni minn