rood-steeple quotes

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What if it should turn out eternity
Was but the steeple on our house of life
Socrates drinking the hemlock,
And Jesus on the rood;
whan he rood, men myghte his brydel heere
Gynglen in a whistlynge wynd als cleere
With hym ther rood a gentil pardoner
Of Rouncivale, his freend and his compeer,
But country folks who live beneath
The shadow and the steeple;
The tower said, "One!"
And then a steeple.
They spoke to themselves....
He stood, and heard the steeple
Sprinkle the quarters on the morning town.
Alle fresh the level pasture lay,
And not a shadowe mote by seene,
Thus Satan talking to his neerest Mate
With Head up-lift above the wave, and Eyes
The hedge [of hawthorns] formed a type of suite of chapels disappearing under the wall of their flowers heaped as on an altar; und ...
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