Old Blandford Church

3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)
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Old Blandford Church was built in 1735. The following lines by an unknown author were found written on its walls about 1841. Thou art crumbling to the dust, old pile, Thou art hastening to thy fall, And round thee in thy loneliness Clings the ivy to thy wall. The worshippers are scattered now. Who knelt before thy shrine, And silence reigns where anthems rose, In days of "Auld Lang Syne." And sadly sighs the wandering wind. Where oft in years gone by, Payers rose from many hearts to Him The Highest of the High; The tramp of many a busy foot that sought thy aisles is o'er, And many a weary heart around Is still forever more. How doth ambition's hope take wing. how droops the spirit now; We hear the distant city's din, The dead are mute below. The sun that shone upon their paths. Now gilds their lonely graves; The zephyrs which once fanned their brows The grass above them waves. Oh! could we call the many back Who've gathered here in vain - Who've careless roved where we do now, Who'll never meet again; How would our very hearts be stirred. To meet the earnest gaze Of the lovely and the beautiful The lights of other days.

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