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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV. 1876–79.

Culbone (Culborne)

Culbone, or Kitnore, Somerset

By Henry Alford (1810–1871)

  • Culbone is a small village, embowered in lofty wooded hills, on the coast between Porlock and Linton. For three months in winter its inhabitants are unvisited by the sun.

  • HALF-WAY upon the cliff I musing stood

    O’er thy sea-fronting hollow, while the smoke

    Curled from thy cottage chimneys through the wood

    And brooded on the steeps of glooming oak;

    Under a dark green buttress of the hill

    Looked out thy lowly house of sabbath prayer;

    The sea was calm below; only thy rill

    Talked to itself upon the quiet air.

    Yet in this quaint and sportive-seeming dell

    Hath, through the silent ages that are gone,

    A stream of human things been passing on,

    Whose unrecorded story none may tell,

    Nor count the troths in that low chancel given,

    And souls from yonder cabin fled to heaven.