william allingham
places and men
lyrics

In Suss** here, by shingle and by sand,

Flat fields and farmsteads in their wind-blown trees,

The shallow tide-wave courses to the land,

And all along the down a fringe one sees

Of ducal woods. That 'dim discovered spire'

Is Chichester, where Collins felt a fire

Touch his sad lips; thatched Felpham roofs are these,

Where happy Blake found heaven more close at hand.

Goodwood and Arundel possess their lords,

Successive in the towers and groves, which stay;

These two poor men, by some right of their own,

Possessed the earth and sea, the sun and moon,

The inner sweet of life; and put in words