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By A. L. Rowse (auth.)

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JACK 30. The Isles CLEMo, The Map of Clay of Scilly Here are the islands of dead hope: And where the bodies safely crouched, The megaliths, empty on the headlands lie, In the red, wind-shivering fern High on these islands of a grim good-bye. Here, on Samson, are the ruined hearthsHopes flickered there like fire-scrubbed Of their soot by gale and rain and spray, And the wild black rabbits run Across the longings of a yesterday. 49 Here on the glistening beach The dolphin's teeth grow loose In the large and sand-rubbed skull, And, in the weed, what rotting human eyes Have never seen the safety of the day, black gull, Or cobalt sea, or the grey holly in the drift.

At Hemmick the poppies and corn and a lovely blue flower-! think corn cockle-grew to the cliff edge, so that the summer wind could be heard in the waves on the one hand and in the wheat or oats or barley on the other. Thomas Hardy has described the winter voice of the wind in holly and oak and other woodland trees; to hear it rustle the ripe oats is the luxury of summer. ANNE TRENEER, 18. School House in the Wind From a Cornish Window Mv window, then, looks out from a small library upon a small harbour frequented by ships of all nations-British, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Russian, French, German, Italian, with now and then an American or a Greek-and upon a shore which I love because it is my native country.

The Churchtown, at the foot of Menaguins Hill, was sheltered; but Menaguins itself, where Will Richards had his forge, Agnes her shop, and Cap'n Lelean his coal-store, was pretty exposed. Will Richards was captain of the Gorran cricket team, and my brothers' hero. We had our coals from Cap'n Math; my eldest brother once said Cap'n Math watered it to make it heavy, and Will Lelean fought him for the aspersion and won. Most of the older farmhouses were sheltered, though Trelispan, Lamledra, Tregarten and Tregerrick caught the wind.

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