Ha'nacker Mill

Hilaire Belloc


Sally is gone that was so kindly,

Sally is gone from Ha'nacker Hill

And the Briar grows ever since then so blindly;

And ever since then the clapper is still...

And the sweeps have fallen from Ha'nacker Mill.


Ha'nacker Hill is in Desolation:

Ruin a-top and a field unploughed.

And Spirits that call on a fallen nation,

Spirits that loved her calling aloud,

Spirits abroad in a windy cloud.


Spirits that call and no one answers --

Ha'nacker's down and England's done.

Wind and Thistle for pipe and dancers,

And never a ploughman under the Sun:

Never a ploughman. Never a one. 


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