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


St. Botolph’s Town

By Anonymous

  • Boston in Lincolnshire takes its name from its founder, St. Botolph, who flourished about the middle of the seventh century. At present the chief glory of the town is its church-tower, built after the model of that of Antwerp Cathedral, and renowned as one of the most beautiful in England.

  • ST. BOTOLPH’S TOWN!—Hither across the plains

    And fens of Lincolnshire, in garb austere,

    There came a Saxon monk, and founded here

    A priory, pillaged by marauding Danes,

    So that thereof no vestige now remains;

    Only a name, that spoken loud and clear,

    And echoed in another hemisphere,

    Survives the sculptured walls and painted panes.

    St. Botolph’s Town!—Far over leagues of land

    And leagues of sea looks forth its noble tower,

    And far around the chiming bells are heard;

    So may that sacred name forever stand

    A landmark, and a symbol of the power

    That lies concentred in a single word.