BETA

York Minster.

Just so it looked, you know,1
When we, how many years ago?2
Looked from the bridge across the Ouse in a red
sunset’s glow,
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And saw against the sky,4
Over the quaint old city, towering high,5
The Minster, in its grey, grave grace of ancient
sovereignty.
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Slow-rolling at our feet,7
Flowed the broad stream the ocean’s kiss to meet,8
Behind us rose the hum and stir, borne from each
busy street,
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The stream whose current bore10
The conquering Viking and his bands to shore ;11
Where Koman galleys lay at ease, in the fierce times
of yore ;
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That in the later days13
Saw the twin roses rival banners raise,14
When rival factions closed in strife, in all York’s
winding ways ;
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That heard the joyous shout,16
When glad and gay the Cavaliers rode out ;17
That flowed, all bloodstained ’ neath the walls, from
Marston’s fatal rout.
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While, changeless through it all,19
Watching o’er Fort, and Bar, and guarded Wall,20
The Minster, as God’s witness stood, solemn, and
grand, and tall.
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Lingering at autumn eves,22
Hearing the west wind as it sobs and grieves,23
While slowly heaping at our feet, drifted the falling
leaves,
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We live our lives again,25
The hopes and fears, the gladness and the pain,26
The joys that woke, and laughed, and died, the
sweet dreams dreamt in vain.
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Living through old, dead times,28
Till through the branches of the yellowing limes,29
Clashing through the still, brooding air, we hear
the Minster chimes ;
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And, with our heavy load,31
Following the paths so many feet have trod,32
Seek the wide doors that, for our North, guard our
grand House of God.
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