Imagination – 1

By Christopher Zoukis  Image courtesy

New St. Paul’s Cathedral resides in Central London.  The adjective ‘new’ refers to the fact that the extant structure was rebuilt from the ground up after the Great Fire of 1666.  The Old Cathedral dated back to Saxon times, circa 600 A.D.  Saxon, of course, refers to the ancient Northern Germanic people, who spoke the Low German dialect. 

The cemetery holds the bones and ashes of those who await the Second Advent and the trumpet call to eternity, among who:  the Flemish artist Sir Anthony Van Dyck, who died of the Plague in Blackfriars; John Donne, the poet-priest; and Sir Joshua Reynolds, London’s foremost painter of portraits.

Entombed here also is Horatio Nelson, the cyclopean, single-armed libertine; and the Duke of Wellington, hero of the Napoleonic era and emancipator of Catholics.

And over in the corner, near the ashes of the architect Sir Edwin Landseer Luytens, rest the ashes of Walter de la Mare, poet extraordinaire.

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