Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


St. Botolph’s Town! Hither across the plains
   And fens of Lincolnshire, in garb austere,
   There came a Saxon monk, and founded here
   A Priory, pillaged by marauding Danes,
 So that thereof no vestige now remains;
   Only a name, that, spoken loud and clear,
   And echoed in another hemisphere,
   Survives the sculptured walls and painted panes.
St. Botolph’s Town! Far over leagues of land
   And leagues of sea looks forth its noble tower,
   And far around the chiming bells are heard;
So may that sacred name forever stand
   A landmark, and a symbol of the power
   That lies concentred in a single word.