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POEMS OF SUSSEX PLACES.
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on beholding Bodiham Castle, on the bank of the Rother, in Sussex.
O thou brave ruin of passed time, When glorious spirits shone in burning arms, And the brave trumpet, with its sweet alarms Called honor at the matin hour sublime,
And the grey evening; thou hast had thy prime, And thy full vigor, and the sating harms Of age have robbed thee of thy warlike charms, And placed thee here, an image in my rhyme;
The owl now haunts thee, and, oblivious plant, The creeping ivy, has o'er-veiled thy towers ; And Rother, looking up with eye askant, Recalling to his mind thy brighter hours, Laments the time, when fair and elegant, Beauty first laughed from out thy joyous bowers !
Brighton. Although none of Cardinal Newman's verses deal with Sussex places, it may be noted that some of the earlier ones were written at Brighton, including the charming album verses and the powerful Paraphrase of Isaiah lxiv. Several of Charlotte Smith's verses also refer to this place before it had attained to its present fame as one of the greatest watering-places of the world. One refers to the funeral of a nameless pauper, buried at the expense of the parish, in the church-yard at Brighthelmstone, in November, 1792; another of
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