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full many a glorious morning have I seen flatter the mountain tops with sovereign eye

St Mary, Thornham Parva, Suffolk


Full many a glorious morning have I seen

Flatter the mountain tops with sovereign eye,

Kissing with golden face the meadows green,

Gilding pale streams with heavenly alchemy;

Anon permit the basest clouds to ride

With ugly rack on his celestial face,

And from the forlorn world his visage hide,

Stealing unseen to west with this disgrace:

Even so my sun one early morn did shine,

With all-triumphant splendour on my brow;

But, out! alack! he was but one hour mine,

The region cloud hath mask’d him from me now.

Yet him for this my love no whit disdaineth;

Suns of the world may stain when heaven’s sun staineth.


William Shakespeare, Sonnet 33


A tiny, thatched church of outstanding interest. The highlights are the early 14th Century retable with its painted and gilded Saints, formerly at Thetford Priory, and the wall paintings of roughly the same date. One sequence depicts the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary, another the martyrdom of St Edmund, Patron Saint of East Anglia.

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Uploaded on January 8, 2009