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AT FURNESS ABBEY

          WELL have yon Railway Labourers to THIS ground
          Withdrawn for noontide rest. They sit, they walk
          Among the Ruins, but no idle talk
          Is heard; to grave demeanour all are bound;
          And from one voice a Hymn with tuneful sound
          Hallows once more the long-deserted Quire
          And thrills the old sepulchral earth, around.
          Others look up, and with fixed eyes admire
          That wide-spanned arch, wondering how it was raised,
          To keep, so high in air, its strength and grace:            10
          All seem to feel the spirit of the place,
          And by the general reverence God is praised:
          Profane Despoilers, stand ye not reproved,
          While thus these simple-hearted men are moved?
                                                      June 21, 1845.


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