Andrew Lang

(31 March 1844 - 20 July 1912 / Selkirk, Scotland)

Quotations

  • ''If the wild bowler thinks he bowls,
    Or if the batsman thinks he's bowled,
    They know not, poor misguided souls,
    They, too, shall perish unconsoled.''
    Andrew Lang (1844-1912), British poet. Brahma (l. 1-4). . . New Oxford Book of English Light Verse, The. Kingsley Amis, ed. (1978) Oxford University Press.
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  • ''bowler and the ball,
    The umpire, the pavilion cat,
    The roller, pitch, and stumps, and all.''
    Andrew Lang (1844-1912), British poet. Brahma (l. 6-8). . . New Oxford Book of English Light Verse, The. Kingsley Amis, ed. (1978) Oxford University Press.
  • ''He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts—for support rather than illumination.''
    Andrew Lang (1844-1912), Scottish author. Quoted in The Harvest of a Quiet Eye, Alan L. Mackay (1977).
  • ''So gladly, from the songs of modern speech
    Men turn, and see the stars, and feel the free
    Shrill wind beyond the close of heavy flowers,
    And through the music of the languid hours,
    They hear like ocean on a western beach
    The surge and thunder of the Odyssey.''
    Andrew Lang (1844-1912), British poet. The Odyssey (l. 9-14). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.

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On Calais Sands

ON Calais Sands the gray began,
Then rosy red above they gray;
The morn with many a scarlet van
Leaped, and the world was glad with May!
The little waves along the bay
Broke white upon the shelving strands;
The sea-mews flitted white as they
On Calais Sands!

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