English poetry

Poems in English

Eddi’s Service

Eddi, priest of St. Wilfrid In his chapel at Manhood End, Ordered a midnight service For such as cared to […]

The Female of the Species

1911 When the Himalayan peasant meets the he-bear in his pride, He shouts to scare the monster, who will often […]

The Fabulists

When all the world would keep a matter hid, Since Truth is seldom Friend to any crowd, Men write in […]


I’ve a head like a concertina: I’ve a tongue like a button-stick: I’ve a mouth like an old potato, and […]

Romulus and Remus

Oh, little did the Wolf-Child care When first he planned his home, What City should arise and bear The weight […]


Ay, lay him ‘neath the Simla pine A fortnight fully to be missed, Behold, we lose our fourth at whist, […]

The Naulahka

There was a strife ‘twixt man and maid Oh, that was at the birth of time! But what befell ‘twixt […]

The Lovers’ Litany

Eyes of grey a sodden quay, Driving rain and falling tears, As the steamer wears to sea In a parting […]

The Miracles

I sent a message to my dear A thousand leagues and more to Her The dumb sea-levels thrilled to hear, […]

Buddha at Kamakura

1892 “And there is a Japanese idol at Kamakura” Oye who treated the Narrow Way By Tophet-flare to Judgment Day, […]

An Old Song

So long as ‘neath the Kalka hills The tonga-horn shall ring, So long as down the Solon dip The hard-held […]

My Rival

I go to concert, party, ball What profit is in these? I sit alone against the wall And strive to […]

The Way Through the Woods

They shut the road through the woods Seventy years ago. Weather and rain have undone it again, And now you […]

The English Flag

Above the portico a flag-staff, bearing the Union Jack, Remained fluttering in the flames for some time, but ultimately When […]

Sestina Of The Tramp-Royal

Speakin’ in general, I’ave tried ’em all The ‘appy roads that take you o’er the world. Speakin’ in general, I’ave […]


I met my mates in the morning (and oh, but I am old!) Where roaring on the ledges the summer […]

The Power of the Dog

There is sorrow enough in the natural way From men and women to fill our day; And when we are […]

The Story of Ung

Once, on a glittering ice-field, ages and ages ago, Ung, a maker of pictures, fashioned an image of snow. Fashioned […]

England’s Answer

Truly ye come of The Blood; slower to bless than to ban; Little used to lie down at the bidding […]

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