English poetry

Poems in English

The Skeleton

Chattering finch and water-fly Are not merrier than I; Here among the flowers I lie Laughing everlastingly. No; I may […]

Who Goes Home?

In the city set upon slime and loam They cry in their parliament ‘Who goes home?’ And there comes no […]

A Little Litany

When God turned back eternity and was young, Ancient of Days, grown little for your mirth (As under the low […]

Wine and Water

Old Noah he had an ostrich farm and fowls on the largest scale, He ate his egg with a ladle […]

The Last Hero

The wind blew out from Bergen, from the dawning to the day There was a wreck of trees, a fall […]

A Prayer in Darkness

This much, O heaven-if I should brood or rave, Pity me not; but let the world be fed, Yea, in […]

A Cider Song

To J. S. M. The wine they drink in Paradise They make in Haute Lorraine; God brought it burning from […]

The Song of Right and Wrong

Feast on wine or fast on water And your honour shall stand sure, God Almighty’s son and daughter He the […]

The Higher Unity

The Rev. Isaiah Bunter has disappeared into the interior of the Solomon Islands, and it is feared that he may […]

The Old Song

A livid sky on London And like the iron steeds that rear A shock of engines halted And I knew […]

The Shakespeare Memorial

Lord Lilac thought it rather rotten That Shakespeare should be quite forgotten, And therefore got on a Committee With several […]

To Belloc

For every tiny town or place God made the stars especially; Babies look up with owlish face And see them […]

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 […]

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