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Emmeline Fisher: Lines suggested by the opening made in Silbury Hill 1849
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Littlestone, you may have included this in your poetry collection already, but now that the date stone at the entrance to Dean Merewether's 1849 tunnel is visible, it seems a good moment to cite Emmeline Fisher's poem –

"Lines suggested by the opening made in Silbury Hill, 1849"

Bones of our wild forefathers, O forgive,
If we now pierce the chambers of your rest,
And open your dark pillows to the eye
Of the irreverent day! Hark, as we move,
Runs no stern whisper down the narrow vault?
Flickers no shape across our torchlight pale,
With backward beckoning arm? No, all is still...

As Emmeline Fisher predicted, Merewether found bugger all but he did leave a copy of her poem in an urn – where it was found in the sixties by Prof Atkinson when the next tunnel that found bugger-all else was built.
It would be enormously fair and seemly that if ever a third tunnel of exploration is built, entirely obliterating the Merewether and Atkinson tunnels, and the chambers of rest of our wild forefathers are pierced yet again for a futile reason that posterity will condemn for a third time, that someone absolutely insists that the perpetrators take Emmeline's apology back in, where it belongs. May I nominate you for this task?...

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Posted by nigelswift
21st August 2005ce

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