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INSCRIPTION FOR THE APARTMENT [OR PRISON] IN CHEPSTOW CASTLE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: For thirty years, secluded from mankind / here marten lingered
Last Line: When christ shall come, and all things be fulfill'd!
Subject(s): Marten, Henry; Prisons & Prisoners; Regicide


For thirty years secluded from mankind
Here Marten linger'd. Often have these walls
Echoed his footsteps, as with even tread
He paced around his prison; not to him
Did Nature Fair varieties exist;
He never saw the sun's delightful beams,
Save when through yon high bars he pour'd a sad
And broken splendour. Dost thou ask his crime?
He had rebelled against the king, and sat
In judgment on him; for his ardent mind
Shaped goodliest plans of happiness on earth,
And peace and liberty. Wild dreams! but such
As Plato loved; such as with holy zeal
Our Milton worshipp'd. Blessed hopes! a while
From man withheld, even to the latter days
When Christ shall come, and all things be fulfill'd!





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