Poet's Pilgrimage to Waterloo - Affligem

Robert Southey

Then saw we Afflighem, by ruin rent,
Whose venerable fragments strew the land ;
Grown wise too late, the multitude lament
The ravage of their own unhappy hand;
Its records in their frenzy torn and tost,
Its precious stores of learning wrecked and lost.

Affligem or Afflighem, is the site of a Benedictine monastery founded in the 11th century. In 1796, during the occupation by the French, the monks were scattered and buildings destroyed. The monastery was re-established in 1869.

Main Location:

Affligem, Belgium