And now a few words from Walter de la Mare

During the launch of the sundial, a former student of Peter Kovesi’s father told him that Walter De La Mare had written a poem The Gnomon. So after rummaging through the web, Peter came across this:

The Gnomon

I cast a shadow. Through the gradual day
Never at rest it secretly steals on;
As must the soul pursue its earthly way
And then to night be gone.

But Oh, demoniac listeners in the grove,
Think not mere Time I now am telling of.
No. But of light, life, joy, and awe, and love:
I obey the heavenly Sun.

Walter de la Mare (1945)