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The little lanes of England are crooked old and wise | 14-Oct-08

The little lanes of England are crooked, old and wise,
They like to hide their happiness from cold and curious eyes.
They know it is a secret that is not learnt in years,
But comes to you who stroll and stray with laughter, toil and tears.

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Sorry, don't know who the author is but just found a faded, hand written, (complete?) version which, at a guess, dates back to the 1860s.

The little lanes of England
Are crooked old and wise
They like to hide their happiness
From cold or curious eyes
They know it is a secret
That is not learned in years
But comes to you who stroll and stray
With laughter toil and tears

The little lanes of England
Are always left behind
By you who on the highway a fortune go to find
Yet when in dust and glare and din
Your dreams and you must part
Some happy little far off lane
Is fragrant in your heart

The little lanes of England
Are rather hard to find
Their overhanging hedges are often [close] and kind
Where hidden in their leafy dusk
Is joy so rich and rare
You never can forget them
If you?ve been a lover there

The little lanes of England
Are holy through the land
With angels in their silences
For you who understand
And when you walk and worship there
You wonder how you dare
Oh God must love the little lanes
To put such beauty there

Nigel Richards

I've only just seen Nigel Richards comment on this poem which I had asked about. I'm delighted to have the second verse which I did not know. My version, however, has as the last line of verse three "If you've ever wandered there" instead of "If you've ever been a lover there". The poem was a favourite of my father's and I still wonder who wrote it.

Anne Bingley
Anne Bingley


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