Edward Thomas
A Gentleman by Edward Thomas

A Gentleman by Edward Thomas

'He has robbed two clubs. The judge at SalisburyCan't give him more than he undoubtedlyDeserves. The scoundrel! Look at his photograph!A lady-killer! Hanging's too good by halfFor ...

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A Cat by Edward Thomas

A Cat by Edward Thomas

She had a name among the children;But no one loved though someone ownedHer, locked her out of doors at bedtimeAnd had her kittens duly drowned.In Spring, nevertheless, this catAte ...

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Words by Edward Thomas

Words by Edward Thomas

Out of us allThat make rhymesWill you chooseSometimes -As the winds useA crack in a wallOr a drain,Their joy or their painTo whistle through -Choose me,You English words?I know ...

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No One So Much As You by Edward Thomas

No One So Much As You by Edward Thomas

No one so much as youLoves this my clay, Or would lament as youIts dying day. You know me through and throughThough I have not told, And though with what you knowYou are not bold. ...

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Like The Touch Of Rain by Edward Thomas

Like The Touch Of Rain by Edward Thomas

Like the touch of rain she wasOn a man's flesh and hair and eyesWhen the joy of walking thusHas taken him by surprise:With the love of the storm he burns,He sings, he laughs, well ...

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Old Man by Edward Thomas

Old Man by Edward Thomas

Old Man, or Lads-Love, - in the name there's nothingTo one that knows not Lads-Love, or Old Man, The hoar green feathery herb, almost a tree, Growing with rosemary and ...

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The Owl by Edward Thomas

The Owl by Edward Thomas

DOWNHILL I came, hungry, and yet not starved, Cold, yet had heat within me that was proof Against the north wind; tired, yet so that rest Had seemed the sweetest thing under a ...

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Lovers by Edward Thomas

Lovers by Edward Thomas

The two men in the road were taken aback.The lovers came out shading their eyes from the sun,And never was white so white, or black so black,As her cheeks and hair. `There are ...

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Lob by Edward Thomas

Lob by Edward Thomas

At hawthorn-time in Wiltshire travellingIn search of something chance would never bring,An old man's face, by life and weather cutAnd coloured, - rough, brown, sweet as any nut,A ...

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A Cat by Edward Thomas

A Cat by Edward Thomas

She had a name among the children;But no one loved though someone ownedHer, locked her out of doors at bedtimeAnd had her kittens duly drowned.In Spring, nevertheless, this catAte ...

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Beauty by Edward Thomas

Beauty by Edward Thomas

WHAT does it mean? Tired, angry, and ill at ease, No man, woman, or child alive could please Me now. And yet I almost dare to laugh Because I sit and frame an epitaph- 'Here lies ...

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But These Things Also by Edward Thomas

But These Things Also by Edward Thomas

But these things also are Spring's -On banks by the roadside the grassLong-dead that is greyer nowThan all the Winter it was;The shell of a little snail bleachedIn the grass; chip ...

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The Glory by Edward Thomas

The Glory by Edward Thomas

The glory of the beauty of the morning, -The cuckoo crying over the untouched dew; The blackbird that has found it, and the doveThat tempts me on to something sweeter than love; ...

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Words by Edward Thomas

Words by Edward Thomas

Out of us allThat make rhymesWill you chooseSometimes -As the winds useA crack in a wallOr a drain,Their joy or their painTo whistle through -Choose me,You English words?I know ...

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October by Edward Thomas

October by Edward Thomas

The green elm with the one great bough of gold Lets leaves into the grass slip, one by one, -- The short hill grass, the mushrooms small milk-white, Harebell and scabious and ...

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The Word by Edward Thomas

The Word by Edward Thomas

There are so many things I have forgot, That once were much to me, or that were not, All lost, as is a childless woman's child And its child's children, in the undefiled Abyss of ...

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Gone, Gone Again by Edward Thomas

Gone, Gone Again by Edward Thomas

Gone, gone again, May, June, July, And August gone, Again gone by, Not memorable Save that I saw them go, As past the empty quays The rivers flow. And now again, In the harvest ...

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Digging 2 by Edward Thomas

Digging 2 by Edward Thomas

To-day I thinkOnly with scents, - scents dead leaves yield,And bracken, and wild carrot's seed,And the square mustard field;Odours that riseWhen the spade wounds the root of ...

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Sowing by Edward Thomas

Sowing by Edward Thomas

IT was a perfect day For sowing; just As sweet and dry was the ground As tobacco-dust. I tasted deep the hour Between the far Owl's chuckling first soft cry And the first star. A ...

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Snow by Edward Thomas

Snow by Edward Thomas

In the gloom of whiteness, In the great silence of snow, A child was sighing And bitterly saying: "Oh, They have killed a white bird up there on her nest, The down is fluttering ...

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When First I Came Here by Edward Thomas

When First I Came Here by Edward Thomas

WHEN first I came here I had hope, Hope for I knew not what. Fast beat My heart at the sight of the tall slope Or grass and yews, as if my feet Only by scaling its steps of chalk ...

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Lights Out by Edward Thomas

Lights Out by Edward Thomas

I have come to the borders of sleep, The unfathomable deep Forest where all must lose Their way, however straight, Or winding, soon or late; They cannot choose.Many a road and ...

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As The Team’s Head- Brass by Edward Thomas

As The Team’s Head- Brass by Edward Thomas

As the team's head-brass flashed out on the turnThe lovers disappeared into the wood.I sat among the boughs of the fallen elmThat strewed the angle of the fallow, andWatched the ...

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Unknown by Edward Thomas

Unknown by Edward Thomas

She is most fair,And when they see her passThe poets' ladiesLook no more in the glassBut after her.On a bleak moorRunning under the moonShe lures a poet,Once proud or happy, ...

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Tall Nettles by Edward Thomas

Tall Nettles by Edward Thomas

TALL nettles cover up, as they have done These many springs, the rusty harrow, the plough Long worn out, and the roller made of stone: Only the elm butt tops the nettles now. This ...

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Celandine by Edward Thomas

Celandine by Edward Thomas

Thinking of her had saddened me at first,Until I saw the sun on the celandines lieRedoubled, and she stood up like a flame,A living thing, not what before I nursed,The shadow I ...

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Thaw by Edward Thomas

Thaw by Edward Thomas

Over the land freckled with snow half-thawedThe speculating rooks at their nests cawedAnd saw from elm-tops, delicate as flowers of grass,What we below could not see, Winter pass. ...

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Aspens by Edward Thomas

Aspens by Edward Thomas

All day and night, save winter, every weather,Above the inn, the smithy and the shop, The aspens at the cross-roads talk togetherOf rain, until their last leaves fall from the ...

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After Rain by Edward Thomas

After Rain by Edward Thomas

The rain of a night and a day and a nightStops at the lightOf this pale choked day. The peering sunSees what has been done.The road under the trees has a border newof purple ...

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Cock-Crow by Edward Thomas

Cock-Crow by Edward Thomas

OUT of the wood of thoughts that grows by night To be cut down by the sharp ax of light,-- Out of the night, two cocks together crow, Cleaving the darkness with a silver blow: And ...

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Bob’s Lane by Edward Thomas

Bob’s Lane by Edward Thomas

Women he liked, did shovel-bearded Bob,Old Farmer Hayward of the Heath, but heLoved horses. He himself was like a cobAnd leather-coloured. Also he loved a tree.For the life in ...

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And You, Helen by Edward Thomas

And You, Helen by Edward Thomas

And you, Helen, what should I give you?So many things I would give youHad I an infinite great storeOffered me and I stood beforeTo choose. I would give you youth,All kinds of ...

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It Was Upon by Edward Thomas

It Was Upon by Edward Thomas

It was upon a July evening.At a stile I stood, looking along a pathOver the country by a second SpringDrenched perfect green again. 'The lattermathWill be a fine one.' So the ...

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The Other by Edward Thomas

The Other by Edward Thomas

The forest ended. Glad I wasTo feel the light, and hear the humOf bees, and smell the drying grassAnd the sweet mint, because I had comeTo an end of forest, and becauseHere was ...

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The Path by Edward Thomas

The Path by Edward Thomas

RUNNING along a bank, a parapet That saves from the precipitous wood below The level road, there is a path. It serves Children for looking down the long smooth steep, Between the ...

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The Sign-Post by Edward Thomas

The Sign-Post by Edward Thomas

The dim sea glints chill. The white sun is shy,And the skeleton weeds and the never-dry,Rough, long grasses keep white with frostAt the hill-top by the finger-post;The smoke of ...

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After You Speak by Edward Thomas

After You Speak by Edward Thomas

After you speakAnd what you meantIs plain,My eyesMeet yours that mean,With your cheeks and hair,Something more wise,More dark,And far different.Even so the larkLoves dustAnd ...

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The Long Small Room by Edward Thomas

The Long Small Room by Edward Thomas

THE long small room that showed willows in the west Narrowed up to the end the fireplace filled, Although not wide. I liked it. No one guessed What need or accident made them so ...

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Birds’ Nests by Edward Thomas

Birds’ Nests by Edward Thomas

he summer nests uncovered by autumn wind,Some torn, others dislodged, all dark,Everyone sees them: low or high in tree,Or hedge, or single bush, they hang like a mark.Since ...

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The Trumpet by Edward Thomas

The Trumpet by Edward Thomas

Rise up, rise up,And, as the trumpet blowingChases the dreams of men,As the dawn glowingThe stars that left unlitThe land and water,Rise up and scatterThe dew that coversThe print ...

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Early One Morning by Edward Thomas

Early One Morning by Edward Thomas

Early one morning in May I set out,And nobody I knew was about.I'm bound away for ever,Away somewhere, away for ever.There was no wind to trouble the weathercocks.I had burnt my ...

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The Manor Farm by Edward Thomas

The Manor Farm by Edward Thomas

THE rock-like mud unfroze a little, and rills Ran and sparkled down each side of the road Under the catkins wagging in the hedge. But earth would have her sleep out, spite of the ...

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The New House by Edward Thomas

The New House by Edward Thomas

NOW first, as I shut the door, I was alone In the new house; and the wind Began to moan. Old at once was the house, And I was old; My ears were teased with the dread Of what was ...

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The Lane by Edward Thomas

The Lane by Edward Thomas

Some day, I think, there will be people enoughIn Froxfield to pick all the blackberriesOut of the hedges of Green Lane, the straightBroad lane where now September hides herselfIn ...

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As The Clouds That Are So Light by Edward Thomas

As The Clouds That Are So Light by Edward Thomas

As the clouds that are so light,Beautiful, swift, and bright,Cast shadows on field and parkOf the earth that is so dark,And even so now, light one!Beautiful, swift and bright ...

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In Memoriam by Edward Thomas

In Memoriam by Edward Thomas

The flowers left thick at nightfall in the woodThis Eastertide call into mind the men,Now far from home, who, with their sweethearts, shouldHave gathered them and will do never ...

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Digging by Edward Thomas

Digging by Edward Thomas

What matter makes my spade for tears or mirth,Letting down two clay pipes into the earth?The one I smoked, the other a soldierOf Blenheim, Ramillies, and MalplaquetPerhaps. The ...

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A Private by Edward Thomas

A Private by Edward Thomas

This ploughman dead in battle slept out of doorsMany a frozen night, and merrilyAnswered staid drinkers, good bedmen, and all bores:"At Mrs Greenland's Hawthorn Bush," said he,"I ...

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For These by Edward Thomas

For These by Edward Thomas

An acre of land between the shore and the hills,Upon a ledge that shows my kingdoms three,The lovely visible earth and sky and seaWhere what the curlew needs not, the farmer ...

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If I Should Ever By Chance by Edward Thomas

If I Should Ever By Chance by Edward Thomas

IF I should ever by chance grow rich I'll buy Codham, Cockridden, and Childerditch, Roses, Pyrgo, and Lapwater, And let them all to my eldest daughter. The rent I shall ask of her ...

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