Francis Thompson was an English poet and ascetic. After attending college, he moved to London to become a writer, but in menial work, became addicted to opium, and was a street vagrant for years. A married couple read his poetry and rescued him, publishing his first book, Poems in 1893. Francis Thompson lived as an unbalanced invalid in Wales and at Storrington, but wrote three books of poetry, with other works and essays, before dying of tuberculosis in 1907.
Life and Work
Born in Preston, Lancashire, his father Charles was a doctor who had converted to Roman Catholicism, following his brother Edward Healy Thompson, a friend of Cardinal ... more »
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- The Hound of Heaven
- At Lord's
- In No Strange Land
- To A Snowflake
- To Olivia
- An Arab Love-Song
- What shall I your true love tell?
- Before Her Portrait In Youth
- The Poppy
- To A Poet Breaking Silence
- Dream tryst
- New Year's Chimes
- Go, songs, for ended is our brief, sweet...
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I stand amid the dust o' the mounded yearsFrancis Thompson (1859-1907), British poet. The Hound of Heaven (l. 120-123). . . Oxford Book of Modern Verse, The, 1892-1935. William Butler Yeat...
My mangled youth lies dead beneath the heap,
My days have crackled and gone up in smoke,
Have puffed and burst as sun-starts on a ...
Still with unhurrying chase,Francis Thompson (1859-1907), British poet. The Hound of Heaven (l. 46-51). . . Oxford Book of Modern Verse, The, 1892-1935. William Butler Yeats,...
And unperturbed pace,
Deliberate speed, majestic instancy,
Came on the following Feet,
And a Voice above their beat
''All which I took from thee I did but take,Francis Thompson (1859-1907), British poet. The Hound of Heaven (l. 171-173). . . Oxford Book of Modern Verse, The, 1892-1935. William Butler Yeat...
Not for thy harms,
But just that thou might'st seek it in My arms.''
I fled Him, down the nights and down the days;Francis Thompson (1859-1907), British poet. The Hound of Heaven (l. 1-5). . . Oxford Book of Modern Verse, The, 1892-1935. William Butler Yeats, e...
I fled Him, down the arches of the years;
I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways
Of my own mind; and in the midst of tears
''Cry;and upon thy so sore lossFrancis Thompson (1859-1907), British poet. The Kingdom of God (l. 18-20). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Co...
Shall shine the traffic of Jacob's ladder
Pitched betwixt Heaven and Charing Cross.''
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