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xxxvn                            TURNER'S PICTURE                                  355
vulgarise it. One comes away with confused memories of grey walls embraced by white clematis and red rose ; gloomy under­ground caverns with double rows of arches, where the Brothers might not speak; benignant cedars blessing the turf with ex­tended hands; fragrant limes waving their delicate leaves; an old rose garden with fantastic beds ; a long yew walk where the Brothers might meditatively pace—turning, perhaps, an epigram, regretting, perhaps, the world. Nothing now remains of the Refectory, where, of old, forty monks fed like one, except
Battle Abbey. The Refectory.
the walls. It once had a noble roof of Irish oak, but that was taken to Cowdray and perished in the fire there, together with the Abbey roll. One of the Abbey's first charms is the appropriateness of its gardens; they too are old. In the cloisters, for instance, there are wonderful box borders.
Turner painted " Battle Abbey : the spot where Harold fell," with a greyhound pressing hard upon a hare in the foreground, and a Scotch fir Italianated into a golden bough.
The town of Battle has little interest. In the church is a
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