Kieron Winn

Tourist & Guide c. 1880

The London Magazine - - NEWS -

A photo in the Brother­swa­ter Inn, Pat­terdale

With faith in all the cu­bits of the Ark, A cleric stares, his crook against his shoul­der, At the of­fi­cial but un­shown sub­lime. His guide, flat-capped, is stand­ing by a boul­der,

Mous­tache about the cor­ners of his mouth And plainly thinks, ‘An­other right one here.’ His pan­niered sulky pony turns away And nei­ther greatly cares for Wordsworthshire.

His fa­ther may have wit­nessed flower thieves At Ry­dal Mount, or sliced some flap­jack for Miss Wordsworth, who was fit to steal the stuff And would come hope­ful to the kitchen door.

He knows vast sun­sets and the mine’s cathe­dral. Free­dom is rang­ing over streams and rocks. The ground­sel blooms, fells stay: be­yond re­li­gion Such an­cient trust is truly ortho­dox.

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