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Roche Rock

Natural Rock Feature


In this ragged pile may be observed five several works: the first of nature, who, as a mother, begat this stony substance; next of force, whereby the water at the general flood deprived it of her earth covering shelter, leaving it naked; the third of art, which raised a building upon so cragged a foundation; fourth, of industry, in working concavity in so obdurate a subject; lastly, of devotion, wherein men, in their then well-meaning zeal, would abandon, as it were, the society of human creatures, and undergo the tedious daily ascent, and continuance of so cold and so abandoned a place. To this may be added a sixth work, even of Time, who, as she is the mother, and begetteth, so is she the destroyer of her begotten children; and nothing that she brings forth is permanent.
From Norden's 'Description of Cornwall' (written 1610), quoted in Ancient Crosses, and Other Antiquities in the East of Cornwall By John Thomas Blight (1865), p108.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
7th May 2007ce

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