Poems of Francis Thompson

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AN ANTHEM OF EARTH

PROEMION

IMMEASURABLE Earth!
Through the loud vast and populacy of Heaven,
Tempested with gold schools of ponderous orbs,
That cleav'st with deep-revolving harmonies
Passage perpetual, and behind thee draw'st 5 A furrow sweet, a cometary wake
Of trailing music! What large effluence,
Not sole the cloudy sighing of thy seas,
Nor thy blue-coifing air, encases thee
From prying of the stars, and the broad shafts 10 Of thrusting sunlight tempers? For, dropped near
From my removed tour in the serene
Of utmost contemplation, I scent lives.
This is the efflux of thy rocks and fields,
And wind-cuffed forestage, and the souls of men, 15 And aura of all treaders over thee;
A sentient exhalation, wherein close
The odorous lives of many-throated flowers,
And each thing's mettle effused; that so thou wear'st,
Even like a breather on a frosty morn, 20 Thy proper suspiration. For I know,
Albeit, with custom-dulled perceivingness,
Nestled against thy breast, my sense not take
The breathings of thy nostrils, there's no tree,
No grain of dust, nor no cold-seeming stone, 25 But wears a fume of its circumfluous self.
Thine own life and the lives of all that live,
The issue of thy loins,
Is this thy gaberdine,
Wherein thou walkest through thy large demesne 30 And sphery pleasances,--

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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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