144 KIPLING'S SUSSEX
At Magrum in Germany Their lord did see them married, From whence into the Town of Rye, In England they were carr'd ;
Where now they dwell,
Beloved well Of neighbours farre and neere ;
Loves Anthony The pride of Lester-shire."
George Gissing has given us a picture of West Dean in his " Thyrza " :
" The hamlet consists of a very few houses, all so compactly grouped about the old church that from this distance it seemed as if the hand could cover them. The roofs were overgrown with lichen, yellow on slate, red on tiles. In the farmyards were haystacks with yellow conical coverings of thatch. And around all closed dense masses of chestnut foliage, the green just touched with gold. The little group of houses had mellowed with age: their guarded peacefulness was soothing to the eye and the spirit."
About one and a quarter miles beyond the turning up to West Dean we arrive at Litlington— (" Litlying-tun," " the little enclosure ") also a small village. The church, which consists only of a nave, chancel and bell-turret, surmounted by a low spire, is small, but it has been neatly restored. The situation of the village, overlooking as it does