Westminster Abbey is nature crystallized into a conventional form by man, with his sorrows, his joys, his failures, and his seeking for the Great Spirit. It is a frozen requiem, with a nation's prayer ever in dumb music ascending.
M. E. W. Sherwood (1826–1903), U.S. socialite, traveller, and author. An Epistle to Posterity, ch. 8 (1897).
Of the great London church which has been the coronation site for almost every English monarch since William I (crowned 1066), and which is the burial site of eighteen; also buried there are numerous other distinguished English people, including major statesmen and poets.