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CHRIST IN BRITAIN: 33. A ROMAN ROAD, by            
First Line: A road shines through the forest of the years
Last Line: The ruined roadway still endures and waits.
Subject(s): Great Britain - History; Great Britain - Roman Conquest; Roads; English History; Paths; Trails


A road shines through the forest of the years
Where on swift winds the gods come charioted
By sun and moon, until the earth is red
With Mars' mailed host and Woden's bleeding spears;
But down the burning wood of lonely fears
A fair White God goes by with noiseless tread,
The Thorns of Fire are stars that wreathe His Head,
And in His Heart is pity for men's tears.

Then flaming Michael holds the haunted tor,
And from the wildwood steals the thin sweet chime
Of evening bells at monastery gates;
All silent now -- the gods return no more,
Yet buried deep beneath the drift of time
The ruined roadway still endures and waits.




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