Poems of Francis Thompson

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MISCELLANEOUS ODES

LAUS AMARA DOLORIS

IMPLACABLE sweet dæmon, Poetry,
What have I lost for thee!
Whose lips too sensitively well
Have shaped thy shrivelling oracle.
So much as I have lost, O world, thou hast, 5 And for thy plenty I am waste;
Ah, count, O world, my cost,
Ah, count, O world, thy gain,
For thou hast nothing gained but I have lost!
And ah, my loss is such, 10 If thou have gained as much
Thou hast even harvest of Egyptian years,
And that great overflow which gives thee grain--
The bitter Nilus of my risen tears!

I witness call the austere goddess, Pain, 15 Whose mirrored image trembles where it lies
In my confronting eyes,
If I have learned her sad and solemn scroll:--
Have I neglected her high sacrifice,
Spared my heart's children to the sacred knife, 20 Or turned her customed footing from my soul?
Yea, thou pale Ashtaroth who rul'st my life,
Of all my offspring thou hast had the whole.
One after one they passed at thy desire
To sacrificial sword, or sacrificial fire; 25 All, all,--save one, the sole.
One have I hid apart,
The latest-born and sweetest of my heart,
From thy requiring eyes.

O hope, most futile of futilities! 30 Thine iron summons comes again,

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Table of contents

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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