The Feast of Saint Thomas a Becket


A very British martyrdom – and a very British play:



Seven years and the summer is over

Seven years since the Archbishop left us,

He who was always kind to his people.

But it would not be well if he should return.

King rules or barons rule;

We have suffered various oppression,

But mostly we are left to our own devices,

And we are content if we are left alone.


800px-canterbury_cathedral_011_medieval_glass_thomas_a_becketCanterbury Cathedral – detail from window


Seven years we have lived quietly,

Succeeded in avoiding notice,

Living and partly living.

There have been oppression and luxury,

There have been poverty and license,

There has been minor injustice.

Yet we have gone on living,

Living and partly living.

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