English poetry

Poems in English

In Flanders Field

In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky […]

The Dying Of Pere Pierre

“. . . with two other priests; the same night he died, And was buried by the shores of the […]

In Due Season

If night should come and find me at my toil, When all Life’s day I had, tho’ faintly, wrought, And […]

The Anxious Dead

O guns, fall silent till the dead men hear Above their heads the legions pressing on: (These fought their fight […]

The Captain

Here all the day she swings from tide to tide, Here all night long she tugs a rusted chain, A […]

Then And Now

Beneath her window in the fragrant night I half forget how truant years have flown Since I looked up to […]

Mine Host

There stands a hostel by a travelled way; Life is the road and Death the worthy host; Each guest he […]


I saw a King, who spent his life to weave Into a nation all his great heart thought, Unsatisfied until […]

The Hope Of My Heart

“Delicta juventutis et ignorantius ejus, quoesumus ne memineris, Domine.” I left, to earth, a little maiden fair, With locks of […]

The Unconquered Dead

“. . . defeated, with great loss.” Not we the conquered! Not to us the blame Of them that flee, […]


I saw two sowers in Life’s field at morn, To whom came one in angel guise and said, “Is it […]


Scarlet coats, and crash o’ the band, The grey of a pauper’s gown, A soldier’s grave in Zululand, And a […]


Amid my books I lived the hurrying years, Disdaining kinship with my fellow man; Alike to me were human smiles […]


My lover died a century ago, Her dear heart stricken by my sland’rous breath, Wherefore the Gods forbade that I […]


One spake amid the nations, “Let us cease From darkening with strife the fair World’s light, We who are great […]


-1908 Of old, like Helen, guerdon of the strong Like Helen fair, like Helen light of word, “The spoils unto […]

Slumber Songs

I Sleep, little eyes That brim with childish tears amid thy play, Be comforted! No grief of night can weigh […]

The Harvest Of The Sea

The earth grows white with harvest; all day long The sickles gleam, until the darkness weaves Her web of silence […]

The Pilgrims

An uphill path, sun-gleams between the showers, Where every beam that broke the leaden sky Lit other hills with fairer […]

The Night Cometh

Cometh the night. The wind falls low, The trees swing slowly to and fro: Around the church the headstones grey […]


I saw a city filled with lust and shame, Where men, like wolves, slunk through the grim half-light; And sudden, […]

The Dead Master

Amid earth’s vagrant noises, he caught the note sublime: To-day around him surges from the silences of Time A flood […]

The Oldest Drama

“It fell on a day, that he went out to his father to the reapers. And he said unto his […]

The Warrior

He wrought in poverty, the dull grey days, But with the night his little lamp-lit room Was bright with battle […]

The Song Of The Derelict

Ye have sung me your songs, ye have chanted your rimes (I scorn your beguiling, O sea!) Ye fondle me […]


The day is past and the toilers cease; The land grows dim ‘mid the shadows grey, And hearts are glad, […]