The Works of Sydney Fowler Wright 1874 - 1965

POEMS Chosen by Boys and Girls - Book II

Arranged by Fowler Wright
and Crompton Rhodes

Basil Blackwell
Broad Street, Oxford


... Again, the dream is true:

Again, to each, the well-worn path is new.


        The poems in these little books of verse have been chosen, not by a man or a woman, but by ten thousand boys and girls. This needs some explanation. They are the result of an appeal in Poetry for the assistance of those teachers who love poetry, and who have conveyed their love of poetry to their boys and girls. The appeal at once received the cordial sympathy and support of the entire educational press, and the response was a large number of essays containing lists of poems which were received from teachers in every type of school, public and private, urban and rural, primary and secondary. The poems in each list were those which had appealed most to scholars, which had given them the deepest joy, the highest delight. 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 many schools. Ten thousand is, indeed, too low a figure to cover the number of collaborators, and to those teachers who contributed these most valuable essays the warm thanks of the publishers and the editors are tendered.

        Apart from the arranging of the poems into books 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 the boys and girls - the real collaborators of these books.

S. F.W. & R. C. R.


        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 Messrs. Macmillan (for T. E. Browne), to Eric Pinker and Son (for Walter de la Mare), R. C. Lehmann, Esq. Sir William Watson, Messrs. Angus and Robertson of Sydney (for Will H. Ogilvie), and to Lady Newbolt (for Sir Henry Newbolt).


From 'In Memoriam'Lord Tennyson
Flower in the Crannied WallLord Tennyson
A Musical InstrumentElizabeth 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 RheimsRichard 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
Thomas Heywood
The Slave's DreamHenry Wadsworth Longfellow
To Rufus, a SpanielR. C. Lehmann
The Graves of a HouseholdFelicia Hemans
Break, Break, BreakLord Tennyson
The Ballad of SemmerwaterSir William Watson
To BlossomsRobert Herrick
The Lesser CelandineWilliam Wordsworth
To DaffodilsRobert Herrick
The DaffodilsWilliam Wordsworth
From the GulfWill H. Ogilvie
The Wreck of the HesperusHenry Wadsworth Longfellow
Sailor's SongThomas Lovell Beddoes
The Forsaken MermanMatthew Arnold
The Diverting History of John GilpinWilliam 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

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