Fair Anwoth by the Solway

Last week, en route back from the Lake District, we took a short detour off the main road to Anwoth, where we found the ruins of Samuel Rutherford’s old church.

Rutherford’s attachment to the place was captured in these lines, based on his own words:

Fair Anwoth by the Solway,
To me thou still art dear.
Ev’n from the verge of heaven
I drop for thee a tear.
O, if one soul from Anwoth
Meet me at God’s right hand,
My heaven will be two heavens
In Immanuel’s land.

 

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