Nicholas Hawksmoor

For when I trace back the years I have liv’d, gathering them up in my Memory…

Nichoas Hawksmoor's Christchurch Spitalfields, Spitalfields, Tower Hamlets, E1

… I see what a chequer’d Work Of Nature my life has been.

Nicholas Hawksmoor's St Mary Woolnoth, Lombard Street, City of London, EC3V

If I were now to inscribe my own History with its unparalleled Sufferings and surprizing Adventures (as the Booksellers might indite it)…

Nicholas Hawksmoor's St Anne's Limehouse, Limehouse, Tower Hamlets, E14

… I know that the great Part of the World would not believe the Passages there related, by reason of the Strangeness of them…

Nicholas Hawksmoor's St George-in-the-East, Shadwell, Tower Hamlets, E1

… but I cannot help their Unbelief…

Nicholas Hawksmoor's St George's Bloomsbury, Little Russell Street, Camden, WC1A

… and if the Reader considers them to be but dark Conceits, then let him bethink himself that Humane life is quite out of the Light and that we are all Creatures of Darknesse.

Nicholas Hawksmoor's St Alfege, St Alfege Passage, Greenwich, SE10

From Peter Ackroyd’s Hawksmoor (1985)

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