Frederic Manning

(22 July 1882 – 22 February 1935 / Sydney)

Frederic Manning Poems

1. The Sign 4/10/2010
2. At Even 4/10/2010
3. Leaves 4/10/2010
4. The Trenches 1/1/2004
5. Grotesque 4/10/2010
6. Kore 4/10/2010
Best Poem of Frederic Manning


Yea, she hath passed hereby, and blessed the sheaves,
And the great garths, and stacks, and quiet farms,
And all the tawny, and the crimson leaves.
Yea, she hath passed with poppies in her arms,
Under the star of dusk, through stealing mist,
And blessed the earth, and gone, while no man wist.

With slow, reluctant feet, and weary eyes,
And eye-lids heavy with the coming sleep,
With small breasts lifted up in stress of sighs,
She passed, as shadows pass, among the sheep;
While the earth dreamed, and only I was ware
Of that faint fragrance blown from her ...

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