Poems of Francis Thompson

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A CORYMBUS FOR AUTUMN

HEARKEN my chant, 'tis
As a Bacchante's,
A grape-spurt, a vine-splash, a tossed tress, flown vaunt 'tis!
Suffer my singing,
Gipsy of seasons, ere thou go winging; 5 Ere Winter throws His slaking snows
In thy feasting-flagon's impurpurate glows!
The sopped sun--toper as ever drank hard--
Stares foolish, hazed, 10 Rubicund, dazed, Totty with thine October tankard.
Tanned maiden! with cheeks like apples russet,
And breast a brown agaric faint-flushing at tip,
And a mouth too red for the moon to buss it 15 But her cheek unvow its vestalship; Thy mists enclip
Her steel-clear circuit illuminous,
Until it crust
Rubiginous 20 With the glorious gules of a glowing rust.

Far other saw we, other indeed,
The crescent moon, in the May-days dead,
Fly up with its slender white wings spread
Out of its nest in the sea's waved mead. 25 How are the veins of thee, Autumn, laden? Umbered juices,
And pulpèd oozes
Pappy out of the cherry-bruises,
Froth the veins of thee, wild, wild maiden! 30 With hair that musters In globèd clusters,

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword vii
  • Preface ix
  • Contents xi
  • Introduction xiii
  • Acknowledgments xv
  • FRANCIS THOMPSON: SOME BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES xvii
  • CHRONOLOGY OF BIOGRAPHICAL DATA xxiii
  • Dedication of Poems - To Wilfrid and Alice Meynell 3
  • Poems on Children 5
  • Love in Dian's Lap 53
  • The Hound of Heaven 77
  • Ode to the Setting Sun 82
  • To the Dead Cardinal Of Westminster 91
  • A Corymbus for Autumn 97
  • Ecclesiastical Ballads 102
  • Translations 104
  • Miscellaneous Poems 110
  • Dedication of New Poems 149
  • Sight and Insight 151
  • A Narrow Vessel - BEING A LITTLE DRAMATIC SEQUENCE ON THE ASPECT OF PRIMITIVE GIRL-NATURE TOWARDS A LOVE BEYOND ITS CAPACITIES 200
  • Ultima 209
  • An Anthem of Earth 216
  • Miscellaneous Odes 227
  • Sonnets 262
  • Miscellaneous New Poems 270
  • NOTES ON POEMS OF FRANCIS THOMPSON 297
  • BIBLIOGRAPHIES 555
  • INDEXES 569
  • TITLE-INDEX OF POEMS AND NOTES 575
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