Frederick William (FW) Harvey
Frederick William Harvey was an English poet, known for poems composed in prisoner-of-war camps at Krefeld and Gütersloh that were sent back to England, during World War I.
He was born in Hartpury, Gloucestershire. He was educated at the King's School, Gloucester, where he formed a close friendship with Ivor Gurney, and then at Rossall School. Gurney and Herbert Howells, another local composer, would set a number of his poems to music.
He started on a legal career, which would always be somewhat tentative. He became a Roman Catholic convert in 1914, and shortly after joined the Gloucestershire Regiment as a private soldier, as World War I broke out.
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Frederick William (FW) Harvey Poems
(To E.M., Who drew them in Holzminden Prison) I
God dreamed a man; Then, having firmly shut Life like a precious metal in his fist Withdrew, His labour done. Thus did begin
I'm homesick for my hills again - My hills again! To see above the Severn plain, Unscabbarded against the sky,
Comrades of risk and rigour long ago Who have done battle under honour's name, Hoped (living or shot down) some meed of fime, And wooed bright Danger for a thrilling kiss, —
No mortal comes to visit me to-day, Only the gay and early-rising Sun Who strolled in nonchalantly, just to say, ' Good morrow, and despair not, foolish one ! '
A man there was, a gentle soul, Of mild enquiring mind, Who came into this neighbourhood Its wonders for to find [ … ]
Once, I remember, when we were at home I had come into church, and waited late, Ere lastly kneeling to communicate Alone : and thinking that you would not come.
A Rondel of Gloucestershire
Big glory mellowing on the mellowing hills, And in the Uttle valleys, thatch and dreams, Wrought by the manifold and vagrant wills Of sun and ripening rain and wind ; so gleams
THE OLDEST INHABITANT HEARS FAR OFF THE...
Sometimes 'tis far off, and sometimes 'tis nigh, Such drummerdery noises too they be ! 'Tis odd — oh, I do hope I baint to die Just as the summer months be coming on,
Bodies of comrade soldiers gleaming white Within the mill-pool where you float and dive And lounge around part-clothed or naked quite; Beautiful shining forms of men alive,
A Christmas Wish
I CAN NOT give you happiness : For wishes long have ceased to bring The Fortune which to page and king They brought in those good centuries,
On Where's the use to write ? What can I tell you, dear ? Just that I want you so Who are not near.
What we Think of
Walking round our cages like the lions at the Zoo, We think of things that we have done, and things we mean to do : Of girls we left behind us, of letters that are due,
Christmas in Prison
Outside, white snow And freezing mire. The heart of the house Is a blazing fire !
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(To E.M., Who drew them in Holzminden Prison)
From troubles of the world I turn to ducks,
Beautiful comical things
Sleeping or curled
Their heads beneath white wings
By water cool,
Or finding curious things
To eat in various mucks
Beneath the pool,
Tails uppermost, or waddling
Sailor-like on the shores
Of ponds, or paddling
- Left! Right! - with fanlike feet
Which are for steady oars
When they (white galleys) float
Each bird a boat
Rippling at will the sweet
Wide waterway ...
When night is fallen you ...