Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy
Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy Poems
- Woodbine Willie They gave me this name like their ...
- Well? Our Padre were a solemn bloke, We called 'im dismal ...
- What's The Use Of A Cross To '... Parson says I'm to make 'im...
- What's The Good? Well, I've done my bit o' scrappin', And ...
- I Know Not Where They Have Lai... I wouldn't mind if I only...
- Passing The Love Of Women Yes, I've sat in the summer ...
- No Retaliation There's another gorn to glory! Damn and blast...
Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy, MC (June 27, 1883 - March 8, 1929), was an Anglican priest and poet. He was nicknamed 'Woodbine Willie' during World War I for giving Woodbine cigarettes along with spiritual aid to injured and dying soldiers.
Born in Leeds in 1883, Kennedy was the seventh of nine children born to Jeanette Anketell and William Studdert Kennedy, a vicar in Leeds. He ... more »
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They gave me this name like their nature,
Compacted of laughter and tears,
A sweet that was born of the bitter,
A joke that was torn from the years
Of their travail and torture, Christ's fools,
Atoning my sins with their blood,
Who grinned in their agony sharing
The glorious madness of God.
Their name! Let me hear it -- the symbol
Of unpaid -- unpayable debt,
For the men to whom I owed God's Peace,
I put off with a cigarette.