Tintern Abbey

Tintern Abbey, Wales

Tintern Abbey, Wales

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.

Once again
      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.


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