English poetry

Poems in English

The Latest School

See the flying French depart Like the bees of Bonaparte, Swarming up with a most venomous vitality. Over Baden and […]

The Black Virgin

One in thy thousand statues we salute thee On all thy thousand thrones acclaim and claim Who walk in forest […]

The House of Christmas

There fared a mother driven forth Out of an inn to roam; In the place where she was homeless All […]

A Song of Defeat

The line breaks and the guns go under, The lords and the lackeys ride the plain; I draw deep breaths […]

The Strange Music

Other loves may sink and settle, other loves may loose and slack, But I wander like a minstrel with a […]

The Human Tree

Many have Earth’s lovers been, Tried in seas and wars, I ween; Yet the mightiest have I seen: Yea, the […]

The Secret People

Smile at us, pay us, pass us; but do not quite forget; For we are the people of England, that […]

Variations of an Air

Old King Cole Was a merry old soul And a merry old soul was he He called for his pipe […]

The Sword of Suprise

Sunder me from my bones, O sword of God Till they stand stark and strange as do the trees; That […]


I cannot count the pebbles in the brook. Well hath He spoken: “Swear not by thy head. Thou knowest not […]

Gold Leaves

Lo! I am come to autumn, When all the leaves are gold; Grey hairs and golden leaves cry out The […]

The Englishman

St George he was for England, And before he killed the dragon He drank a pint of English ale Out […]

The Donkey

When forests walked and fishes flew And figs grew upon thorn, Some moment when the moon was blood, Then, surely, […]

The Great Minimum

It is something to have wept as we have wept, It is something to have done as we have done, […]

The World State

Oh, how I love Humanity, With love so pure and pringlish, And how I hate the horrid French, Who never […]

The Holy of Holies

‘Elder father, though thine eyes Shine with hoary mysteries, Canst thou tell what in the heart Of a cowslip blossom […]


White founts falling in the Courts of the sun, And the Soldan of Byzantium is smiling as they run; There […]

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