By A. L. Rowse (auth.)
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How many miles to Mylor By frost and candle-light: How long before I arrive there, This mild December night? As I mounted the hill to Mylor Through the thick woods of Carclew, A clock struck the three-quarters, And suddenly a cock crew. At the cross-roads on the hill-top The snow lay on the ground, In the quick air and the stillness, No movement and no sound. 'How is it? ' my mouth re-echoed, My heart went out of me. ' A lamp in a lone cottage, A face in a window-frame, Above the snow a wicket: A house without a name.
Eden in 1897, who died a few years ago. He must have visualised this Cornish church as it was in medieval times. He did not do all the medieval things he might have done. He did not paint the walls with pictures of angels, saints and devils, he left the western windows clear that people might see their books; he put in a Georgian pulpit. He centred everything on the altar to which the screen is, as it were, a golden, red and green veil to the holiest mystery behind it. What do dates and styles matter in Blisland church?
As it was she had the place to herself. The Carlyons were away in New Zealand, and then the young heir was in the War, in which he was badly wounded; the great house was shut up and in the hands of an old butler-housekeeper, Mr. Pope, with mutton-chop whiskers and silver hair, and silvery, obsequious voice and manner. The place opened a window in my imagination as a boy. On Thursday afternoons when the shop was shut, in the summer during the school holidays, mother and I used to drive out in the donkeyand-jingle to Tregrehan.