VILLAGES AROUND BEXHILL 103
verses, written by Geoffrey Howard, express the repose, sweetness of the sea air, and beauty of the chance-made gardens of the surrounding country :
" I know a beach road,
A road where I would go, It runs up northward
From Cooden Bay to Hooe ; And there, in the High Woods,
And whoever walks along there
Stops short and sees, By the moist tree-roots
In a clearing of the trees, Yellow great battalions of them
Blowing in the breeze.
And there shall rise to me
From that consecrated ground The old dreams, the lost dreams
That years and cares have drowned : Welling up within me
And above me and around The song that I could never sing
And the face I never found."
For a beautiful walk from Hooe, which would embrace the highly interesting Hurstmonceux Castle, I should be disposed to recommend a three-mile walk to Wartling Hill, where there is a church dedicated to St. Mary Magdalen. The south aisle is separately dedicated to St. Catherine.