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Lo! walking forth into the sunny air,
Her face yet shaded by the pensiveness
Breathed o’er it from her holy orisons,
She pours a blessing from her dewy eyes
O'er that low roof, and then the large blue orbs
Salute serenely the high arch of heaven.
On-on she shines away into the woods !
And all the birds burst out in ecstasy
As she hath reappear’d. And now she stands
In a long glade beside the Fairies' well-
So named she in delight a tiny spring
In the rich mosses, fringed with flowery dyes,
O'erhung by tiny trees, that tinier still
Seemed through that mirror, in whose light she loved
Each morn to reinstate with simple braids,
Into its silken snood, her virgin hair,
Unconsciously admired by her own soul
Made happy-such is nature's law benign-
Even by the beauty of her own innocence.
Of gentle blood was she ; but tide of time,
Age after age, bore onwards to decay
The fortunes of her fathers, and at last
The memory of the once illustrious dead
Forgotten quite, and to all common ears
The name they were so proud of most obscure
And meaningless, among the forest woods,
The poor descendant of that house was now,
But for the delicate WiLD-FLOWER, blooming there,
Last of his race, a lowly Forester!
Yet never Lady in her jewelled pride,
As she appeared upon her bridal morn,
Pictured by limner who had lived in love
With rarest beauty all his life, in halls
Of nobles and the palaces of kings,
E’er look'd more lovely through time's tints divine,
Than she who stood now by the Fairies' well
Imagination's phantom, lily-fair,
In pure simplicity of humblest life.


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Grantham is a borough and market-town, The tower communicates with the nave and situated on the side of the river Witham, on the aisles by three finely-pointed arches; and the inancient Roman road called Ermine-street. It is terior of the church displays great variety in the 24 miles S. by W, from Lincoln, 111 N. by W. piers and arches which support the roof. The from London.

chancel has a range of small clerestory window; The church is a magnificent edifice, partly and a stone screen of exquisite design. in the early, and partly in the decorated Under the eastern part of the church is a crypt, style of English architecture, dedicated to which belonged probably to the earlier structure. St. Wulfran. It is probable that an earlier It is used now as a charnel-house. building stood upon its site; as an endowment There are several fine monuments in this by Hugh, ' bishop of Lincoln, is recorded in church: one is to sir Thomas Bury, lord chief 1100. The present structure consists of a nave baron of the Exchequer, in the time of George I.; with spacious north and south aisles, lighted by another to sir Dudley Ryder, lord chief justice of large handsome pointed windows. The steeple at the Kings' Bench, who died 1756. the west end is a quadrangular tower engaged in The font is a handsome specimen of ancient the lower stages. It comprises three stories, the sculpture. It stands upon a pedestal of two steps. first of which is lighted by one mullioned win- The shape is octangulár. The base of the shaft dow on each side; the second by pairs of win- is ornamented with heads and alternate roses. dows, with pointed arches; and the third by one on the shaft are statues of various saints placed large window, with two smaller lateral ones, in niches, and round the font, under crock. having triangular heads. At each angle of the etted canopies, many figures in basso relievo. parapet, which is pierced with quatrefoils, is a These are said to represent the seven sagrahexangular crocketted pinnacle. Over this rises ments. in beautiful proportion an octagonal spire, orna- The vestry contains a library left by the will of mented with crockets in the angles, and at three Dr. John Newcombe, master of St. John's colseveral distances encircled with windows having lege, Cambridge, who was a native of Grantham. triangular heads. The height of the tower to the This, however, is not the only library belonging battlements is 135 feet, and thence to the weather to the church. Over the south porch there is a cock 138, making together 273 feet. The nave, collection of books, formerly secured by chains, including the chancel and side aisles, is inside 116 | but now, according to Lewis, nearly destroyed by feet in length and 80 in breadth.

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