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Blessed be St. Enodoc, blessed be the wave, Blessed be the springy turf, we pray, pray to thee, Ask for our children all the happy days you gave To Ralph, Vasey, Alastair, Biddy, John and me. JOHN BETJEMAN, Collected Poems 24. Mist on Bodmin Moar THE spur of Cornwall juts far into the vapours of the Atlantic, and the rapid changes of temperature that so often visit our western coasts bring not only thunder in winter, but sudden mists at all seasons, especially on high ground. The dangerous fogs of Dartmoor are well known, and those of Bodmin Moor are no less unexpected and misleading.
They are sacred or miracle plays, of course. If you draw a line from entrance to entrance, then at right angles to it there runs from the circumference towards the centre of the area a straight shallow trench, terminating in a spoon-shaped pit. The trench is now a mere depression not more than a foot deep, the pit three feet: but doubtless time has levelled them up, and there is every reason to suppose that the pit served to represent Hell (or, in the drama of the Resurrection, the Grave), and the trench allowed the performers, after being thrust down into perdition, to regain the green-room unobserved-either actually unobserved, the trench being covered, or by a polite fiction, the audience pretending not to see.
If no one is bodily crucified now, In spirit one rna y be? -Alas, alas! THOMAS HARDY 35 20. Blisland Church OF all the country churches of the West I have seen I think the Church of St. Protus and St. Hyacinth, Blisland, in Cornwall, is the most beautiful. • Perched on the hill above the wood stands Blisland village. It has not one ugly building in it and, which is unusual in Cornwall, the houses are round a green. Between the lichen-crested trunks of elm and ash that grow on the green, you can see everywhere the beautiful moorland granite.
A Cornish Anthology by A. L. Rowse (auth.)