Alfred Noyes

(16 September 1880 – 25 June 1958 / Wolverhamton)

Quotations

  • ''Go down to Kew in lilac-time, in lilac-time, in lilac-time;
    Go down to Kew in lilac-time (it isn't far from London!)''
    Alfred Noyes (1880-1958), British poet. The Barrel-Organ (l. 33-34). . . Family Book of Verse, The. Lewis Gannett, ed. (1961) Harper & Row.
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  • ''The linnet and the throstle, too, and after dark the long halloo
    And golden-eyed tu-whit, tu-whooof owls that ogle London.''
    Alfred Noyes (1880-1958), British poet. The Barrel-Organ (l. 47-48). . . Family Book of Verse, The. Lewis Gannett, ed. (1961) Harper & Row.
  • ''Once more La Traviata sighs
    Another sadder song:
    Once more Il Trovatore cries
    A tale of deeper wrong;''
    Alfred Noyes (1880-1958), British poet. The Barrel-Organ (l. 153-156). . . Family Book of Verse, The. Lewis Gannett, ed. (1961) Harper & Row.
  • ''she cannot understand
    What she wants or why she wanders to that undiscovered land,
    For the parties there are not at all the sort of thing she planned,
    In the land where the dead dreams go.''
    Alfred Noyes (1880-1958), British poet. The Barrel-Organ (l. 84-87). . . Family Book of Verse, The. Lewis Gannett, ed. (1961) Harper & Row.
  • ''Yes; as the music changes,
    Like a prismatic glass,
    It takes the light and ranges
    Through all the moods that pass;''
    Alfred Noyes (1880-1958), British poet. The Barrel-Organ (l. 17-20). . . Family Book of Verse, The. Lewis Gannett, ed. (1961) Harper & Row.
  • ''When they shot him down in the highway,
    Down like a dog in the highway,
    And he lay in his blood on the highway, with the bunch of lace at
    his throat.''
    Alfred Noyes (1880-1958), British poet. The Highwayman (l. 105-108). . . Oxford Book of Narrative Verse, The. Iona Opie and Peter Opie, eds. (1983) Oxford University Press.
  • ''The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,
    And the highwayman came riding—
    Riding—riding—
    The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door.''
    Alfred Noyes (1880-1958), British poet. The Highwayman (l. 3-6). . . Oxford Book of Narrative Verse, The. Iona Opie and Peter Opie, eds. (1983) Oxford University Press.
  • ''The look for me moonlight.
    Watch for me by moonlight,
    And he lay in his blood on the highway, with the bunch of lace at his throat.''
    Alfred Noyes (1880-1958), British poet. The Highwayman (l. 29-31). . . Oxford Book of Narrative Verse, The. Iona Opie and Peter Opie, eds. (1983) Oxford University Press.

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The Searchlights

Political morality differs from individual morality, because there is no power above the State. -- General von Bernardi.

Shadow by shadow, stripped for fight,
The lean black cruisers search the sea.
Night-long their level shafts of light
Revolve,and find no enemy.
Only they know each leaping wave
May hide the lightning, and their grave.

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