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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV.  1876–79.
 
Netley Abbey
Netley Abbey
Nicholas Thirning Moile (1797?–1873)
 
(From Trial of Anne Ayliffe, for Heresy)

IN Netley Abbey,—on the neighboring isle,
The woods of Binstead shade as fair a pile,—
Where sloping meadows fringe the shores with green,
A river of the ocean rolls between,
Whose murmurs, borne on sunny winds, disport        5
Through oriel windows and a cloistered court;
O’er hills so fair, o’er terraces so sweet,
The sea comes twice each day to kiss their feet;—
Where sounding caverns mine the garden bowers,
Where groves intone, where many an ilex towers,        10
And many a fragrant breath exhales from fruits and flowers;—
And lowing herds and feathered warblers there
Make mystic concords with repose and prayer;
Mixed with the hum of apiaries near,
The mill’s far cataract, and the sea-boy’s cheer,        15
Whose oars beat time to litanies at noon,
Or hymns at complin by the rising moon;
Where, after chimes, each chapel echoes round
Like one aerial instrument of sound,
Some vast harmonious fabric of the Lord’s.        20
 
 
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