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Souvenir of the George Borrow Celebration Norwich, July 5th, 1913   By:

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Transcribed from the 1913 Jarrold & Sons edition by David Price, email

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Norwich, July 5th, 1913




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The Committee are indebted to numerous Borrovians for the loan of Illustrations and Contributions of literary items to the text, to Miss C. M. Nichols, R.E., for her charming Pen Pictures of nooks and corners of Borrow's old home in Willow Lane, the Rev. F. W. Orde Ward for his appreciative stanzas, and Mr. E. Peake for his Ode to the Flower, whilst special mention must be made of Mr. A. J. Munnings' inspiring design of George Borrow and Petulengro overlooking the City of Norwich for the cover.

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS George Borrow Frontispiece Staircase doorway, Borrow's house facing page 4 George Borrow's birthplace, 8 Dumpling Green, East Dereham Plan of Dumpling Green, East 9 Dereham Roger Kerrison 9 Crown and Angel, St. Stephen's 12 The grammar school 13 Borrow's house, Willow Lane 16 The winding river, near Norwich 17 The Yare at Earlham, near Norwich 17 The Strangers' Hall, Norwich 20 Earlham bridge 21 Bowling Green Inn 24 William Simpson 24 Tuck's Court, St. Giles 24 John Crome 25 The Windmill on Mousehold Heath 28 Ned Painter 29 Norwich castle and cattle market 32 in Borrow's time Marshland Shales 33 A quaint corner in Borrow's house 36 William Taylor 40 George Borrow's house, Oulton, 40 near Lowestoft George Borrow in 1848 40 George Borrow (painted by his 41 brother) Corner of Borrow's bedroom 44 George Borrow's grave, Brompton 48 cemetery

[Picture: Staircase doorway to attic in Borrow's House/ By C. M. Nichols, R.E.]

George Borrow.


Man of the Book, thou Pilgrim of the Road, The love of travel Drave thee on ever with pursuing goad; Trust was thy burning light, Truth was thy load Sweet riddles for the weary to unravel, Within thy breast Glowed the pure fire of an Eternal Quest.


The Bible was thy chart, the open sky Thy roof and rafter Often, and thou didst learn night's mystery; Learning some tale from each poor passer by, Some gracious secret for the grand Hereafter. Master of lore Occult, and wanderer on the wildest shore.


What country was not trodden by thy feet, Nor bared its bosom And fragrance to the life it leapt to greet? From field and upland or where waters meet Was stolen, the virgin dew, the veiled blossom. Its native tongue On stranger lips, in every climate hung.


Pursuer of shy paths, all hunted things All creatures lonely, Gypsy and fox and hawk with slanted wings; These drank with thee at the same cosmic springs, These were thy teachers and thy playmates only. Nature gave up To them and thee alike, her hidden cup.


Who brought its glory back to cloistered Wales, And wrung their treasure From sacred books and dim sequestered vales? Who found the gold in haunted heights and dales, And showed a wondering world its pride and pleasure? Divine and strong Stood out the altar, with its flame of song... Continue reading book >>

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