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CHRIST IN BRITAIN: 26. OWINI'S VISION, by            
First Line: A thane beneath a snowy hawthorn hedge
Last Line: Within the silver circle of their wings.
Subject(s): Great Britain - History; English History


A thane beneath a snowy hawthorn hedge,
When dove-gray hills were golden with the sky,
Laid down his scythe to hear a starry cry
Fall like a dream wind-blown from ledge to ledge,
And, from the chapel on the forest edge,
A saint's deep chant soar sunward clear and high,
As when the lines of gleaming heron fly
To lonely pools beyond the purpled sedge.

Then white as dew upon the morning sheaves
The reaper saw a cloud of angels pass
Through sunlit birches by the water-springs,
And watched them wait among the dappled leaves
To fold Chad's soul, more sweet than summer grass,
Within the silver circle of their wings.





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