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Circle henge


Stonehenge was visited by H.V. Morton (of bull-nose Morris fame) in the 1920s. He wasn't impressed, it seems:

"How impossible it is to feel any sympathy or understanding for the distant builders of Stonehenge. It is a gloomy temple. One feels that horrible rites were performed there, even more terrible, perhaps, than the burning of pretty Berkeley Square ladies in wicker-work cages as depicted by the Victorians. Stonehenge is like a symbol of all the dark beliefs at the root of ancient theology. Here is a fitting sanctuary for the Golden Bough.

Even so, it is lifeless. The ghost of the priest-king has been laid long ago. The wind whistles mournfully between the monoliths, and sheep crop the grass on the ancient barrows which lie in the shadow of the dead temple."

"In Search of England" - H.V. Morton (1927 Methuen)
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
8th February 2009ce

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