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The church is down a steep slope of graveyard, past slate headstones and it looks over the tree tops of a deep and elmy valley and away to the west where, like a silver shield, the Atlantic shines. An opening in the churchyard circle shows a fuchsia hedge and the Vicarage front door beyond. The tower is square and weathered and made of enormous blocks of this moorland granite, each block as big as a chest of drawers. When I first saw it, the tower was stuffed with moss and with plants which had rested here and there between the great stones.
But Redruth knew little of the graces of life. In the early numbers of the two Cornish newspapers which came into being at the beginning of the nineteenth century such items of news as relate to the town are generally of a sombre character-of accidents among the miners from falling rock or premature explosions, of children burnt or scalded to death in overcrowded homes, and of the savage punishment of petty offences inflicted by a harsh criminal law. Happily, there was another side to this picture.
Dr. Borlase to Dr. Oliver) Oliver's reply was equally apt though more metaphorical: Ludgvan is like a buxom girl of 18, always laughing and playing, and affording plentifully all the superficial pleasures of mirth and jollity; but St. Just is an old haggard philosopher, whose ruthful appearance would deter the soft and the luxurious from having anything to do with him, but he is full of riches within, and though they lie deep, and are come at with difficulty, yet he never fails to afford them to the hardy, the patient and the industrious.
A Cornish Anthology by A. L. Rowse (auth.)