H. D. RAWNSLEY M. A.
To the Chairman
the members of the waterworks Committee
of the Manchester Corporation, the Engineers,
Builders, and Workmen, on the occasion of the
Opening of the Thirlmere Waterworks,
Friday 12th October, 1894.
tbe Promoters and Builders of the
the seal of her imperial power
To this your bold endeavour, wherefore well
From grey Helvellyn and dark Armboth Fell
The cup of Thorold brims, and with its dower
Of winter snow, spring- rain, and summer shower
Pours forth for old Mancunium ; they who dwell
In yonder merchant city feel the spell
To-day of Rome's imperishable hour.
But neither pagan skill, nor Caesar's pride
Have dared unlock the deep-hewn rocky door
To send by hill and dale the healthful
The hands that flung the mountain gateway wide
Are Christ's own pity for His helpless poor,
And God's desire to bless the brotherhood.
Those who live, and those who bled - wbo
Water to Manchester.
with exultation up there sprung
The vigorous fountain in our city square,
And the long-prisoned waters fresh and fair
Leapt forth with life and cool for every tongue,
Men heard such angel music as is sung
By rains that blanch Helvellyn's tawny hair,
By streams that thunder through the Briton's
When Thorold's mere with cloud is overhung.
the music of the mountain side-
Far bleat, and raven's call, and phantom horn,
Of Viking chief upon his ancient
I caught the monotone of pick
A clear voice cried, " We toiled and joy
The many live, the few unknown have died !"
: Loss and Gain
FAREWELL ! the
dear irrevocable shore!
Dark firs, and blue-bell copse, and shallowing bight
Stern Raven Crag - is cheated of its height,
Gone is the bridge the Roman crossed of yore;
The stately wain with Benjamin before,
The pack-horse string, now fade from fancy's sight,
The " Rock of Names " has lost its guardian
Where poets met for tryst, they meet no more !
Yet have we compensations for the wound-
The wound too deep for any time to heal-
Clear on the mounded water's ampler
Helvellyn stands more gloriously contest,
And Peace secure can walk the mountain ground
Love consecrates to serve the common weal.