The Works of Sydney Fowler Wright 1874 - 1965

POEMS Chosen by Boys and Girls - Book III

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.


        Acknowledgments for permission to reprint are due to William H. Davies, Macmillan & Co., Ltd., (for Rudyard Kipling), John Murray (for Robert Bridges), and to Lady Newbolt (for Sir Henry Newbolt).


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 year's at the springRobert Browning
Spring goeth all in whiteRobert Bridges
SpringThomas Nash
Ode to AutumnJohn Keats
WinterWilliam Shakespeare
Ode to the West WindPercy Bysshe Shelley
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 Thoughts 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

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