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October 09, 2018



Having grown up in Dereham, where William and Mary spent their final years, I've known and loved his poems for most of my life. "O for a closer walk" is probably my favourite, but this one is pretty near the top too. I remember going with my father on a pastoral visit to an old Norfolk farmer after the foot and mouth crisis. This dear old Saint clutched Dad's hands, and in his broad country accent he quoted that last verse. The memory of his simple, but strong faith still moves me even now. Thanks for another great post Jim!

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