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Seeking respite

Has he grown sick of his toils and his tasks?

Sighs the worn spirit for respite or ease?

Is it a moment’s cool halt that he asks

Under the shade of the trees?

– from Under the shade of the trees by Margaret Junkin Preston (1820–1897)
Written as a tribute to her late brother-in-law, Stonewall Jackson, who was acidentally shot by his own men following the Battle of Chancellorsviile in May 1863 

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Eglise de St Trophime, Arles, France, August 2016



Copyright Debbie Smyth, 17 July 2021

Posted as part of Becky’s TreeSquare

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  1. And I had been planning to get back to Arles in a few weeks – had it not been for the red-amber setting of France yesterday. That seat is going to remain empty for a while, I fear.
    And yes, I think much shade will be needed today.

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