'A tense, musty, unignorable silence' 2

August 16, 2017

 Philip Larkin - Church Going


Once I am sure there's nothing going on

I step inside, letting the door thud shut.

Another church: matting, seats, and stone,

And little books; sprawlings of flowers, cut

For Sunday, brownish now; some brass and stuff

Up at the holy end; the small neat organ;

And a tense, musty, unignorable silence,

Brewed God knows how long. Hatless, I take off

My cycle-clips in awkward reverence.




Holy Trinity Anglican Church

 Barossa Valley Way & Altona Rd, Lyndoch SA 5351


 The church was consecrated on 3 August 1861.  Built on the Glebe to the north of the town, ironstone had been quarried nearby, with slate for the roof, tiles for the floor and glass for the windows being imported from Britain.

©Jeff Guess 2017


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