Our churches, invariably perhaps, stand east and west, but 'why' is by few persons 'exactly' known; nor, that the degree of deviation from 'due' east often noticeable in the ancient ones was determined, in each particular case, by the point in the horizon, at which the sun rose upon the day of the saint to whom the church was dedicated. These observances of our ancestors, and the causes of them, are the subject of the following stanzas.