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From Bolton's old monastic tower,
The bells ring loud with gladsome power ;
The sun is bright; the fields are gay
With people in their best array
Of stole and doublet, hood and scarf,
Along the banks of crystal Wharf;
Through the vale retired and lowly,
Trooping to that summons holy.
And ah, among the moorlands, see
What sprinklings of blithe company !
Of lasses and of shepherd grooms,
That down the steep hills force their way, ,
Like cattle through the budded brooms :
Path, or no path, what care they?
And thus in joyous mood they hie
To Bolton's mouldering Priory.


OLTON, (says Dugdale, carefully copied
by the “ Magna Britannia” of 1731,) a mon-
astery of regular canons of St. Augustine,
founded in 1120 by Robert de Romeli, Lord
of Skipton-in-Craven, and Cecilia his wife,

daughter and heir of William de Meschines, Lord of Coupland in Cumberland, at Emesey, and by them sufficiently endowed. It was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin and



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