Tintern Abbey was our first stop on the tour. It’s in ruins, but it’s still easy to get a sense of the majesty of the abbey. It was a very peaceful place – there were a good many people on the grounds, as it was a Saturday, but it was still very quiet. I’ve been in a few places where I could feel history in an emotional sense, and this was one of them. I could have meditated there for hours.
There’s a famous poem written about Tintern Abbey, by William Wordsworth. It’s too long to reprint here, but here’s a link to the entire poem. I think Wordsworth must have had a similar feeling to mine when he was there. I have several favorite lines, but here’s one:
For I have learned
To look on nature, not as in the hour
Of thoughtless youth; but hearing oftentimes 90
The still, sad music of humanity
Here’s another favorite of mine.
Do I behold these steep and lofty cliffs,
That on a wild secluded scene impress
Thoughts of more deep seclusion; and connect
The landscape with the quiet of the sky.
It was a great way to start a vacation.