The ghosts who buy memories listen closely to

The echoes of the song sung by the faminie children

As the tones of the big bell settle in the dust

Of this small market town in County Meath

And, on the stained glass window, still

I see the sun-marked

Resonance of bell --

Circles of uninscribed sound


Through all the cerebral centuries

Chimes and chants for Christ the King

Chimes of crucifix, pyx and plate -

These bells have blessed the insouciant faithful -

Buttressed, battered, no-man mattered -

Through all the occupied centuries.

Turning dust to dust again

And swaying to the music of bells.

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John Marks

Sun 19th May 2019 23:14

Thank you, sincerely, Keith and Martin.

Regina caeli, laetare, alleluia;
Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia,
Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia:
Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.

(Queen of heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
The Son you merited to bear, alleluia,
Has risen as he said, alleluia.
Pray to God for us, alleluia)


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keith jeffries

Sun 19th May 2019 22:55


I cannot tell you how many times I have said or sung the Angelus or the Regina Coeli as I pulled on the bell rope. Bells are everywhere but for some inexplicable reason they sound different in Rome and I often wonder why.

Thank you

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Martin Elder

Sun 19th May 2019 22:32

It always amazing that churches seem to stand the test of time as so many of them are really beautiful buildings.

nice one John

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