Ralph Hodgson
The Gypsy Girl by Ralph Hodgson

The Gypsy Girl by Ralph Hodgson

'Come, try your skill, kind gentlemen, A penny for three tries!' Some threw and lost, some threw and won A ten-a-penny prize. She was a tawny gypsy girl, A girl of twenty years, I ...

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A  Song Of Honour by Ralph Hodgson

A Song Of Honour by Ralph Hodgson

I climbed a hill as light fell short, And rooks came home in scramble sort, And filled the trees and flapped and fought And sang themselves to sleep; An owl from nowhere with no ...

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After by Ralph Hodgson

After by Ralph Hodgson

"How fared you when you mortal were? What did you see on my peopled star?" "Oh well enough," I answered her, "It went for me where mortals are! "I saw blue flowers and the ...

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The Swallow by Ralph Hodgson

The Swallow by Ralph Hodgson

The morning that my baby came They found a baby swallow dead, And saw a something, hard to name, Flit moth-like over baby's bed. My joy, my flower, my baby dear Sleeps on my bosom ...

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The Bells Of Heaven by Ralph Hodgson

The Bells Of Heaven by Ralph Hodgson

'Twould ring the bells of Heaven The wildest peal for years, If Parson lost his senses And people came to theirs, And he and they together Knelt down with angry prayers For tamed ...

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The Late Last Rook by Ralph Hodgson

The Late Last Rook by Ralph Hodgson

The old gilt vane and spire receive The last beam eastward striking; The first shy bat to peep at eve Has found her to his liking. The western heaven is dull and grey, The last ...

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Ghoul Care by Ralph Hodgson

Ghoul Care by Ralph Hodgson

Sour fiend, go home and tell the Pit For once you met your master, - A man who carried in his soul Three charms against disaster, The Devil and disaster. Away, away, and tell the ...

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The Bride by Ralph Hodgson

The Bride by Ralph Hodgson

The book was dull, its pictures As leaden as its lore, But one glad, happy picture Made up for all and more: 'Twas that of you, sweet peasant, Beside your grannie's door -- I ...

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The Journeyman by Ralph Hodgson

The Journeyman by Ralph Hodgson

Not baser than his own homekeeping kind Whose journeyman he is - Blind sons and breastless daughters of the blind Whose darkness pardons his, - About the world, while all the ...

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A Wood Song by Ralph Hodgson

A Wood Song by Ralph Hodgson

Now one and all, you Roses, Wake up, you lie too long! This very morning closes The Nightingale his song; Each from its olive chamber His babies every one This very morning ...

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The Bull by Ralph Hodgson

The Bull by Ralph Hodgson

See an old unhappy bull, Sick in soul and body both, Slouching in the undergrowth Of the forest beautiful, Banished from the herd he led, Bulls and cows a thousand head. Cranes ...

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The Mystery by Ralph Hodgson

The Mystery by Ralph Hodgson

He came and took me by the hand Up to a red rose tree, He kept His meaning to Himself But gave a rose to me. I did not pray Him to lay bare The mystery to me, Enough the rose was ...

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Reason Has Moons by Ralph Hodgson

Reason Has Moons by Ralph Hodgson

Reason has moons, but moons not hers, Lie mirror'd on the sea, Confounding her astronomers, But O! delighting me. . . . . .BABYLON - where I go dreaming When I weary of to-day, ...

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The Birdcatcher by Ralph Hodgson

The Birdcatcher by Ralph Hodgson

When flighting time is on I go With clap-net and decoy, A-fowling after goldfinches And other birds of joy; I lurk among the thickets of The Heart where they are bred, And catch ...

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Eve by Ralph Hodgson

Eve by Ralph Hodgson

Eve, with her basket, was Deep in the bells and grass, Wading in bells and grass Up to her knees, Picking a dish of sweet Berries and plums to eat, Down in the bell and grass ...

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Three Poems by Ralph Hodgson

Three Poems by Ralph Hodgson

IBabylon where I go dreaming When I weary of to-day, Weary of a world grown gray.II God loves an idle rainbow, No less than laboring seas. IIIReason has moons, but moons not hers ...

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The Song Of Honour by Ralph Hodgson

The Song Of Honour by Ralph Hodgson

I climbed a hill as light fell short, And rooks came home in scramble sort, And filled the trees and flapped and fought And sang themselves to sleep; An owl from nowhere with no ...

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The Beggar by Ralph Hodgson

The Beggar by Ralph Hodgson

He begged and shuffled on; Sometimes he stopped to throw A bit and benison To sparrows in the snow, And clap a frozen ear And curse the bitter cold. God send the good man cheer ...

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The House Across The Way by Ralph Hodgson

The House Across The Way by Ralph Hodgson

The leaves looked in at the window Of the house across the way, At a man that had sinned like you and me And all poor human clay. He muttered: 'In a gambol I took my soul astray, ...

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February by Ralph Hodgson

February by Ralph Hodgson

A few tossed thrushes save That carolled less than cried Against the dying rave And moan that never died, No bird sang then; no thorn, No tree was green beside Them only never ...

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The Royal Mails by Ralph Hodgson

The Royal Mails by Ralph Hodgson

For all its flowers and trailing bowers, Its singing birds and streams, This valley's not the blissful spot, The paradise, it seems. I don't forget a man I met Beneath this very ...

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Playmates by Ralph Hodgson

Playmates by Ralph Hodgson

It's sixty years ago, the people say: Two village children, neighbours born and bred, One morning played beneath a rotten tree That came down crash and caught them as they fled; ...

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The Moor by Ralph Hodgson

The Moor by Ralph Hodgson

The world's gone forward to its latest fair And dropt an old man done with by the way, To sit alone among the bats and stare At miles and miles and miles of moorland bare Lit only ...

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Stupidity Street by Ralph Hodgson

Stupidity Street by Ralph Hodgson

I saw with open eyes Singing birds sweet Sold in the shops For people to eat, Sold in the shops of Stupidity Street. I saw in vision The worm in the wheat, And in the shops ...

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Babylon by Ralph Hodgson

Babylon by Ralph Hodgson

If you could bring her glories back! You gentle sirs who sift the dust And burrow in the mould and must Of Babylon for bric-a-brac; Who catalogue and pigeon-hole The faded ...

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Time, You Old Gypsy Man, by Ralph Hodgson

Time, You Old Gypsy Man, by Ralph Hodgson

Time, You Old Gypsy ManWill you not stay, Put up your caravan Just for one day? All things I'll give you Will you be my guest, Bells for your jennet Of silver the best, Goldsmiths ...

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A Song by Ralph Hodgson

A Song by Ralph Hodgson

With Love among the haycocks We played at hide and seek; He shut his eyes and counted - We hid among the hay - Then he a haycock mounted, And spied us where we lay; And O! the ...

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