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Mercian Hymns I

King of the perennial holly-groves, the riven sandstone: overlord of the
M5: architect of the historic rampart and ditch, the citadel at
Tamworth, the summer hermitage in Holy Cross: guardian of the Welsh
Bridge and the Iron Bridge: contractor to the desirable new estates:
Saltmaster: money-changer: commissioner for oaths: martyrologist: the
Friend of Charlemagne.

‘I liked that,’ said Offa, ‘sing it again.’

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Poem Mercian Hymns I - Geoffrey Hill