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First Line: No stirring: bristly thistles guard
Last Line: Where parson sermoned long ago.
Subject(s): Churches; Ruins; Cathedrals

NO stirring: bristly thistles guard
Crumbled church and vacant yard.
All mouldered save a casual stone
Or vagrant tomb: decay alone.
So old, so dead, the very ghosts
Traitors to their ancient posts.
Owl nor bat deign to intrude
This time-forgotten solitude.
Only rank grass and nettles know
The quite oblivious bones below;
Only cool dock and sorrel now
Where parson sermoned long ago.

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