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The Skeleton in Armor
I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the Longfellow poem, The Skeleton in Armor.
The poet said about the poem:
"is connected with the old Round Tower at Newport. This skeleton in
armor really exists. It was dug up near Fall River, where I saw it some
two years ago. I suppose it to be the remains of one of the old Northern
sea-rovers, who came to this country in the tenth century. Of course I
make the tradition myself; and I think I have succeeded in giving the
whole a Northern air."
The above web page has a bit more information about the body
found buried near the tower that occasioned Longfellow's poem.
John S. Quarterman <email@example.com>
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