Here in past days a hilltop fortress stood
When life was insecure, and lawless greed
Stalked through this Island as it did elsewhere :
When man supected man, nor understood
The grim necessity of paying heed
To what his neighbours thought; his only care
Self-preservation and a livelihood.
Man that was savage, that was brute indeed,
Whose home was an animal’s rude lair.
Who nothing knew of evil, or of good.
Round in a circle have we come to reach
This eminence which now o’erlooks fat fields :
Likewise has man, for now such weapons wields
As will bring in the end. Let these stones teach !
Weekly Times 8.6.62