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I, Stiffkey

Long before Richeldis
Saw her vision here
I flowed through these meadows
Year after year

Then watched as kings and queens
With their retinues came
Slowly walking barefoot
Down the lane

And witnessed close by
The destruction and the fall
As Henry's men tore down
Each priory wall

Then on through centuries
When Walsingham decayed
And no more pilgrims
In the taverns stayed

Until they rediscovered
The old, old holy shrines
And found again the light
That Mary shines

And so I will be flowing
Upon my endless plain
Until the whole of Norfolk
Be ruin once again






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