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A MISCELLANY OF POETRY

1919

Edited by W. Kean Seymour.

With decorations by Doris Palmer, Cecil Palmer and Hayward.

To

SIR ARTHUR QUILLER COUCH

1919

PREFATORY NOTE

This 'Miscellany of Poetry, 1919', is issued to the public as a truly catholic anthology of contemporary poetry. The poems here printed are new, in the sense that they have not previously been issued by their authors in book form a fact which surely gives the Miscellany an unique place among modern collections. My deep thanks are due to my fellow contributors for their generous and hearty co operation, and to the editors of the 'English Review', 'To day', 'Voices', 'New Witness', 'Observer', 'Saturday Westminster', 'Art and Letters', 'Cambridge Magazine' and the 'Nation' for permission to reprint certain poems.

W. K. S.

'September, 1919'

CONTENTS

BINYON, LAURENCE

Song Commercial Numbers The Children Dancing

BRANFORD, F. V.

Farewell to Mathematics Return Over the Dead

CHESTERTON, GILBERT KEITH

Elegy in a Country Churchyard The Ballad of St. Barbara

CHURCH, RICHARD Psyche goes forth to Life

DAVIES, WILLIAM H.

The Villain Bird and Brook Passion's Hounds The Truth The Force of Love April's Lambs

DEARMER, GEOFFREY

Nous Autres She to Him

DRINKWATER, JOHN

Malediction Spectral

GIBSON, WILFRED WILSON

IN WAR TIME 1. Troopship 2. The Conscript 3. Air Raid 4. In War Time 5. Ragtime 6. Leave 7. Bacchanal

GOLDING, Louis

Shepherd Singing Ragtime The Singer of High State

GOULD, GERALD

Freedoms (Eight Sonnets)

HOUSMAN, LAURENCE

Summer Night

LE GALLIENNE, RICHARD

The Palaces of The Rose

MACAULAY, ROSE

Peace, June 28th, 1919

MASON, EUGENE

Antony and Cleopatra

MAYNARD, THEODORE

Dirge Desideravi Laus Deo!

MOORE, T. STURGE

Aforetime

MOULT, THOMAS

Down here the Hawthorn Invocation

NICHOLS, ROBERT

On Seeing a Portrait of Blake

PHILLPOTTS, EDEN

The Fall Ghosties at the Wedding

SABIN, ARTHUR K.

Four Lyrics

SACKVILLE, LADY MARGARET

The Return To

SEYMOUR, WILLIAM KEAN

Fruitage In the Wood Siesta To One who Eats Larks If Beauty Came to You

SHIPP, HORACE

Prison The Sixth Day

SITWELL, EDITH

Eventail The Lady with the Sewing Machine Portrait of a Barmaid Solo for Ear Trumpet

STUART, MURIEL

The Father The Shore Thélus Wood The Thief of Beauty

TITTERTON, W. R.

The High Wall The Broken Sword Night Shapes The Silent People

VISIAK, E. H.

Lamps and Lanterns Stranded

WAUGH, ALEC.

Rubble

WILLIAMS, CHARLES

Christmas Briseis

LAURENCE BINYON

A SONG

For Mercy, Courage, Kindness, Mirth, There is no measure upon earth. Nay, they wither, root and stem, If an end be set to them.

Overbrim and overflow, If your own heart you would know; For the spirit born to bless Lives but in its own excess.

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Gross, with protruding ears, Sleek hair, brisk glance, fleshy and yet alert, Red, full, and satisfied, Cased in obtuseness confident not to be hurt,

He sits at a little table In the crowded congenial glare and noise, jingling Coin in his pocket; sips His glass, with hard eye impudently singling

A woman here and there: Women and men, they are all priced in his thought, All commodities staked In the market, sooner or later sold and bought.

"Were I he," you are thinking, You with the dreamer's forehead and pure eyes, "What should I lose? All, All that is worthy the striving for, all my prize,

"All the truth of me, all Life that is wonder, pity, and fear, requiring Utter joy, utter pain, From the heart that the infinite hurts with deep desiring

"Why is it I am not he? Chance? The grace of God? The mystery's plan? He, too, is human stuff, A kneading of the old, brotherly slime of man.

"Am I a lover of men, And turn abhorring as from fat slug or snake? Lives obstinate in me too Something the power of angels could not unmake?"

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