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Ronald Bottrall: The Merry Maidens
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........hop this one hasn't made it up here yet, tis one bleddy long thread, tis !


Near St. Buryan can be found
Nineteen stones. Two pillars
Of granite flank themon the ground
Like a pair of gaolers.

One sabbath evenineteen young maids
Instead of going to pray
Strayed into a field's furtive shades
Hearing two pipers play.

Despite the day the maids did dance
Faster and faster still
And whirled into a senseless trance
Caused by those men of ill.

Lightning out of the cloudless air
Unfleshed their tender bones
And turned them and the evil pair
Into a group of stones.

-- RONALD BOTTRALL 1906 - 1989
(from "The Dreamt Sea: an Anthology of Anglo-Cornish Poetry 1928-2004, Francis Boutle Press)

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chris s
Posted by chris s
27th September 2006ce

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