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Vicar on July 27th, 2010

Ronald Blythe mourns the loss of a knowledgeable dean SUMMER rain. It falls, not for minutes, but for hours, beating the borders into submission, knocking the hollyhocks for six, dashing the scent from the roses. At first, it leaps up from the hard earth, but soon it penetrates. Its noise is like a distant army […]

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Vicar on July 20th, 2010

Ronald Blythe compares a hot week in Britain with one in Calcutta TRINITY FIVE gone, and the July sun maintains its precedence. The windows are wide all night, and the old roses begin to fall. Rosa Mundi, York, and Lancaster, and the species which have left my head are adrift. This is the week I […]

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Vicar on July 10th, 2010

word from Wormingford Veterans join a soldier-martyr in church again, Ronald Blythe reports THE summer beats down. Birds call in the wood. The clickety-clack of Duncan’s old haymaker ceases, like all human endeavours in Ecclesiastes, and is followed by an interesting silence. All the old roses are in full sway. William Lobb, John Clare, and […]

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Vicar on July 10th, 2010

  Ronald Blythe listens to the sounds of a hot, still summer’s day A PEERLESS summer day. A little figure, sexless at this distance, whirls an ancient haymaker around on the slope. Its click-clatter joins that of my old typewriter. Once, a pair of youthful electricians paused in their work to tell each other, “Listen, […]

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Vicar on July 10th, 2010

  Ronald Blythe reflects on the colour blue in life and in the Bible “BEAUTIFUL hymns,” says Barry appreciatively, as a score or so of them drift from matins. They will come and go all week as he trims the churchyard, as hymns do. His favourite hymn is St Bernard’s “Jesu, the very thought of […]

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