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The dell’s repose

And the voice of the peaceful valley

Mixed with the billow’s song!

“Stay in the wood’s embraces!

Stay in the dell’s repose!”

– from Down in the dell I wandered by Bayard Taylor (1825-1878)

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The Dell at Greenwood Park, St Albans, June 2021

This dell used to be the scene of hard work not repose, when local farmers dug chalky clay (marl) from these pits to fertilise the surrounding fields.



Copyright Debbie Smyth, 5 July 2021

Posted as part of Becky’s TreeSquare

10 replies »

  1. Looks like my songs are becoming old hat with so many bloggers using quotes and poems with their trees this month 😥
    This is brilliant Debbie ❤


  2. For some reason I read The Devil’s Repose when I saw the url!!! Not sure what that says about me on a Monday morning.

    What a lovely spot, and fascinating to learn it is manmade

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