The Works of Sydney Fowler Wright 1874 - 1965

POEMS Chosen by Boys and Girls - Book IV

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 John Murray (for Robert Bridges), A. P. Watt and Son (for William Butler Yeats), Hilaire Belloc, John Drinkwater, the Merton Press, Ltd. (for Constance A.Renshaw and Anita Moor), John Masefield, Sidgwick and Jackson (for Rupert Brooke), and Macmillan, Ltd. (for Rudyard Kipling and Thomas Edward Brown).


A Passer-byRobert Bridges
The VagabondJohn Drinkwater
Sea-FeverJohn Masefeld
Yorkshire WaysConstance H. Renshaw
From '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 I)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
It was a LoverWilliam Shakespeare
Counsel to GirlsRobert Herrick
Go, Lovely RoseEdmund Waller
The Blessed DamozelDante Gabriel Rossetti
The Valley of HumiliationJohn Bunyan
A LyricPercy 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 Nought 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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