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and Winchelsea from the sea has already been quoted. The Ypres Tower at Rye has suggested the following :—
Where are the men who built the Ypres tower ? Salt of the sea, who held the French at bay; Who had rough lives, sharp swords, and spirits gay, Though storm might rage or threatening tempest lower.
No place was this for a faint-hearted bower— No place for dalliance or for summer play; Its skies of blue, or dark rain-laden gray, Saw nations struggle for the ocean dower.
The fair bride held her life in daily dread Of cruel sea, and still more cruel foe : The angry wave and shining cutlass blow Were in the dream around her cottage low.
The glory and the danger both have fled, But still the Ypres rears its stalwart head.
Saint Leonards-on-Sea.
Thomas Campbell visited St. Leonards in its
early days, and his meditations are recorded in
the verses "On the view from St. Leonards,
Hastings," which first appeared in 1831.
Hail to thy face and odours, glorious Sea !
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'Twere thanklessness in me to bless thee not, Great beauteous Being ! in whose breath and smile My heart beats calmer, and my very mind Inhales salubrious thoughts. How welcomer Thy murmurs than the murmurs of the world ! Though like the world thou fluctuatest, thy din
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