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Poem by Hilaire Belloc


Hanacker Mill


Sally is gone that was so kindly,
Sally is gone from Hanacker Hill
And the Briar grows ever since then so blindly;
And ever since then the clapper is still...
And the sweeps have fallen from Hanacker Mill.

Hanacker Hill is in Desolation:
Ruin a-top and a field unploughed.
And Spirits that call on a fallen nation,
Spirits that loved her calling aloud,
Spirits abroad in a windy cloud.

Spirits that call and no one answers --
Hanackers down and Englands done.
Wind and Thistle for pipe and dancers,
And never a ploughman under the Sun:
Never a ploughman. Never a one.



Hilaire Belloc


Hilaire Belloc's other poems:
  1. On Torture: A Public Singer
  2. Franklin Hyde
  3. Charles Augustus Fortescue
  4. The Dromedary
  5. The Telephone


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