The Works of Sydney Fowler Wright 1874 - 1965

Poems Chosen by Boys and Girls

Arranged by Fowler Wright
and Crompton Rhodes

Basil Blackwell


THE poems in this anthology have been chosen, not by a man or woman, but by ten thousand boys and girls. This needs an explanation.

        Through the pages of Poetry an appeal was made to find out the poems which had given the highest delight, the deepest joy, to boys and girls. The appeal was directed to those teachers who love poetry and have transmitted the love of poetry to their boys and girls. At once it received the cordial sympathy and support of the entire educational Press and a generous response from teachers in every type of school, public and private, primary and secondary, urban and rural. With singular generosity, these lovers of poetry placed at the disposal of the Editors the wisdom and experience of years, often with hundreds of children in several schools. Ten thousand is, indeed, too low a figure to cover the number of boys and girls who are actual and ultimate collaborators in this anthology; and to those teachers who contributed these most valuable essays and lists of poems the warm thanks of the Publishers and Editors are rendered.

        The number of poems by contemporary authors is interesting. Many essays showed that the teachers, while not neglecting the earlier periods, have found that boys and girls are moved by the poetry of our own time. The Colonial and American poems are an unusual and unexpected result of the wide nature of the appeal.

        Apart from arranging the poems and negotiating copyrights, the Editors' work has been, and been only, the ensuring that the poems chosen are those which, under the guidance of lovers of poetry, have carried their beauty into the hearts of boys and girls - our esteemed collaborators in this new development of educational method.


THE Editors wish to thank Miss G. Blades, B.A., assistant editor of Poetry, for her assistance in transcription and collation, and in the work of analysis entailed by the essays.

        Acknowledgments for permission to reprint are due to Mrs. Allingham (for William Allingham), Mrs. Katharine Tynan Hinkson, Harold Monro, Eric Pinker and Son (for Walter de la Mare), John Murray (for Robert Bridges), Chatto and Windus (for Robert Louis Stevenson), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Hilton Young, Wilfred Meynell (for the late Alice Meynell), A. P. Watt and Son (for William Rutler Yeats), Messrs. Macmillan (for T. E. Browne and Rudyard Kipling), R. C. Lehmann, Esq., Sir William Watson, Messrs. Angus and Robertson of Sydney (for Will H. Ogilvie), Lady Newbolt (for Sir Henry Newbolt), William H. Davies, Hilaire Belloc, John Drinkwater, the Merton Press, Ltd. (for Constance A. Renshaw and Anita Moor), John Masefield, Sidgwick and Jackson (for Rupert Brooke).


The FairiesWilliam Allingham
Piping down the ValleysWilliam Blake
FairylandEthel Gate
You Spotted SnakesWilliam Blakespeare
Sheep and LambsKatharine Tynan
The LambWilliam Blake
The TigerWilliam Blake
Milk for the CatHarold Monro
Gay RobinRobert Bridges
MarthaWalter de la Mare
Sister, awake (English Madrigal)Anonymous
The Song of the BowSir Arthur Conan Doyle
ChristmasHilton Young
Sweet and LowHilton Young
The ShepherdessAlice Meynell
Home from the Daisied MeadowsR. L. Stevenson
The Fiddler of DooneyWilliam Butler Yeats
Lucy GrayWilliam Wordsworth
The WindmillRobert Bridges
The WindmillHenry Wadsworth Longfellow
About Ben AdhemLeigh Hunt
Meg MerriliesJohn Keats
The Lost DollCharles Kingsley
The Pobble who has no ToesEdward Lear
A Boy's SongJames Hogg
Song of the ShirtThomas Hood
The Inchcape RockRobert Southey
The Sands of DeeCharles Kingsley
Lady ClareLord Tennyson
Barbara Freitchie John Greenleaf Whittier
The Three FishersCharles Kingsley
The RiverCharles Kingsley
The BrookLord Tennyson
The Pied Piper of HamelinRobert Browning
From 'In Memoriam'Lord Tennyson
Flower in the Crannied WallLord Tennyson
A Musical Instrument Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Young LochinvarSir Walter Scott
My GardenThomas Edward Brown
TreesWalter de la Mare
SilverWalter de la Mare
To the CuckooWilliam Wordsworth
Cuckoo SongAnonymous
The Jackdaw of Rheims Richard H. Barham
On a Favourite Cat, Drowned in 
a Tub of Gold FishesThomas Grey
The Pedlar's CaravanE. Rand
The Private of the BuffsSir Francis Hastings Doyle
Ye Mariners of EnglandThomas Campbell
Elegy on the Death of a Mad DogOliver Goldsmith
SongThomas Heywood
The Slave's DreamHenry Wadsworth Longfellow
To Rufus, a SpanielR. C. Lehmann
The Graves of a HouseholdFelicia Hemans
Break, Break, BreakLord Tennyson
The Ballald of Semmer-waterSir William Watson
To RlossomsRobert Herrick
The Lsser CelandineWilliam Wordsworth
To DaffodilsRobert Herrick
The DaffodilsWilliam Wordsworth
From the GulfWill H. Ogilvie
The Wreck of the HesperusHenry Wordsworth
Sailor's SongThomas Lovell Beddoes
The Forsaken MermanMatthew Arnold
The Diverting History of John Gilpin William Cowper
The BugleLord Tennyson
Langley LaneRobert Buchanan
Incident of the French CampRobert Browning
To the DaisyWilliam Wordsworth
Vitai LampadaSir Henry Newbolt
Drake's DrumSir Henry Newbolt
The Burial of Sir John Moore at 
CorunnaCharles Wolfe
Canadian Boat-SongThomas Moore
A thing of beauty is a joy for everJohn Keats
Upon Westminster BridgeWilliam Wordsworth
The ReaperWilliam Wordsworth
LeisureWilliam H. Davies
To a SnowflakeFrancis Thompson
Three years she grew in sun and 
showerWilliam Wordsworth
She dwelt among the untrodden waysWilliam Wordsworth
Days that have beenWilliam H. Davies
Kubla KhanSamuel Taylor Coleridge
To a SkylarkPercy Bysshe Shelley
Life is sweet, brotherGeorge Borrow
Thou wast not born for deathJohn Keats
To the NightPercy Bysshe Shelley
To the MoonPercy Bysshe Shelley
The years' at the springWilliam Shakespeare
Spring goeth all in whitePercy Bysshe Shelley
SpringThomas Nash
Ode to AutumnJohn Keats
WinterWilliam Shakespeae
Ode to the West WindPercy Bysshe Shelle
Ode to the North-east WindCharles Kingsley
The CloudPercy Bysshe Shelley
Wander-thirstGerald Gould
A Wet Sheet and a Flowing SeaAllan Cunningham
The Joys of the RoadBliss Carman
A Son of the SeaBliss Carman
The Sick StockriderAdam Lindsay Gordon
A WishSamuel Rogers
Home Thoughts from AbroadRobert Browning
Home thoughs from the SeaRobert Browning
America: 'Battle Hymn of the 
Republic'Julia Ward Howe
Hervé RielRobert Browning
Shameful DeathWilliam Morris
The Young QueenRudyard Kipling
He fell among ThievesSir Henry Newbolt
To Lucasta, on Going to the WarsColonel Lovelace
Gathering Song of Donald the BlackSir Walter Scott
O Captain! my Captain!Walt Whitman
HoratiusLord Macaulay
HohenlindenThomas Campbell
A Passer-byRobert Bridges
The VagabondJohn Drinkwater
Sea-FeverJohn Masefield
Yorkshire WaysConstance A.Renshaw
Frorn 'The Lay of the 
Last Minstrel'Sir Walter Scott
The South CountryHilaire Belloc
Ozymandias of EgyptPercy Bysshe Shelley
Buy my English PosiesRudyard Kipling
The FatherlandJames Russell Lowell
RoofsJoyce Kilmer
The Lake Isle of InnisfreeWilliam Butler Yeats
The ShellLord Tennyson
The Chambered NautilusOliver Wendell Holmes
The Rime of the Ancient MarinerSamuel Taylor Coleridge
La Belle Dame sans MerciJohn Keats
Sir GalahadLord Tennyson
The Little TowerWilliam Morris
The Battle of NasebyLord Macaulay
On the late Massacre in PiedmontJohn Milton
The RevengeLord Tennyson
'How they Brought the Good News 
from Ghent to Aix'Robert Browning
From 'Childe Harold'Lord Byron
From 'Paradise Lost' (Book 1)John Milton
The PartingMichael Drayton
Saturn and Thea (From 'Hyperion')John Keats
When Love meets LoveThomas Edward Brown
Brignall's BanksSir Walter Scott
True LoveWilliam Shakespeare
The Passionate Shepherd to his LoveChristopher Marlowe
The Nymph's ReplySir Walter Raleigh
It was a LoverWilliam Shakespeare
Counsel to Girls Robert Herrick
Go, Lovely RoseEdmund Waller
The Blessed DamozelDante Gabriel Rossetti
The Valley of HumiliationJohn Bunyan
A LyricPersy Bysshe Shelley
Trust Thou Thy LoveJohn Ruskin
The Happy HeartThomas Dekker
On his BlindnessJohn Milton
From 'The Light of Asia'Edwin Arnold
Where lies the Land?Arthur Hugh Clough
Say not the Struggle naught availethArthur Hugh Clough
A Christmas HymnAlfred Domett
Up-HillChristina G. Rossetti
Sit Lightly in the Saddle, LadsAnita Moor
We cannot Kindle when we willMatthew Arnold
The DeadRupert Brooke
ProspiceRobert Browning
Crossing the BarLord Tennyson

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