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Lament for the City of Norwich

by John Skelton (Translated from the Latin by I.E. Gray)


O sad calamity, O fate most dire!
A venerable city razed by fire.
Through love's fierce lightnings, or the Fates' stern hand,
Norwich, so long the glory of our land,
In the consuming flames of Vulcan dies;
England's chief ornament in ashes lies;
O city, what of thee can now be said?
A few fair things survive that thou hast bred;
All life is brief, and frail all man's estate.
City, farewell; I mourn thy cruel fate.
Norfolk Poems






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