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A Hymn to Derbyshire

Posted Tuesday, July 3, 2007

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A Hymn to Derbyshire

Surrounded by the natural ambience of untouched beauty along untrodden ways;

And Sprinkled with the space-dust of a myriad stars,

I enjoy my brief sojourn of worship at this rural oasis

On the long journey to the Great Nowhere from whence I came,

And in which I live and move, and have my being;

Meeting with the God of Life at this planetary way-station

Between the stars in the midst of a wondrous Universe.

Here and Now, I am alive!


I come to breath the incense of eternity here amongst these hills of home.

I come to drink the moorland dew and to be rejuvenated by this elixir of life.

To evoke a spiritful sense of wellbeing here in the magical centre of England

Meditating in the here & now reality of the natural beauty of Earth`s bounty;

A hunter assimilating, gathering and gleaning; generating natural Spirit power

to illuminate the path of my destined way into Tomorrow.


Proven therapy here in this cathedral of being in the Derbyshire Peak,

where I am filled with an overwhelming sense of insignificance

as the hills soar in sentinel glory around me, and I am replenished.

I worship at the sylvan shrines of forest temples;

at moorland groves in devotion amongst these Derbyshire Dales.

The limestone rock is my altar;

The air and water are my sacraments;

The sky is my heaven,

And the good Derbyshire earth beneath my feet

Is the rock upon which I will build my church.

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