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Kent Archaeological Review extract

To a Wagtail.
by George Driscoll.

(which nested on the Lower Warbank Site in 1972).

Long, long have you inhabited these regions --
Before the native tribesmen turned to fight 
In vain when the robust invading legions
Marched to impose on Britain Roman might,
And you have heard, whilst in these woodlands ranging 
Celtic, then Latin, then the Saxon tongue --
But, whilst the speech of men is ever changing,
Your own sweet notes unaltered still are sung. 
Today you fly from fence to post, distressed 
At a new strange incursion of mankind --
Fear not! for no-one seeks to harm your nest,
These labours are to other ends designed.
Men, and their customs, come and go away, 
Your passing generations constant stay.
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