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Thread #83258   Message #1531194
Posted By: rumanci
29-Jul-05 - 10:39 AM
Thread Name: Happy! - July 27 (Hilaire Belloc)
Subject: RE: Happy! - July 27 (Hilaire Belloc)
Hilaire Belloc's "The Four Men", published in 1912, tells the story of Grizzlebeard, the Sailor, the Poet and Myself walking across the Sussex countryside from Robertsbridge to South Harting.
Belloc made the journey himself in 1902, foresaw that vast changes would happen, and predicted a day would come when Sussex would never more be what it was.

In the early 1990s, Bob Copper re-traced those steps with friends and later produced his own memories in

"Across Sussex with Belloc - In the Footsteps of 'The Four Men'"
(Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd., (USA) 1994)
ISBN 0-7509-0603-0

Bob's book is a wonderful read including the words and music to many of Belloc's poems/songs as well as contemporary photographs. A gem for walkers as well as Belloc students.

Copper's conclusion about Belloc's prophecy was that although much had changed in the intervening years he found that "the underlying mood of the villages and people and countryside is undiminished"

Hooray ! may this long continue and the images both of these authors conveyed be enjoyed by countless worldwide readers.

This is my countryside, my Downs, people and places too and whereever I may roam this is my home.