John Davidson Poems
- In Romney Marsh As I went down to Dymchurch Wall, I heard ...
- A Ballad Of Hell 'A letter from my love to-day! Oh, ...
- Thirty Bob A Week I couldn't touch a stop and turn a ...
- War Song In anguish we uplift A new unhallowed song: The ...
- Snow 'Who affirms that crystals are alive?' I affirm it, let...
- Imagination There is a dish to hold the sea, A brazier to ...
- Battle The war of words is done; The red-lipped cannon ...
John Davidson was a Scottish poet, playwright and novelist, best known for his ballads. He also did translations from French and German. In 1909, financial difficulties, as well as physical and mental health problems, led to his suicide.
Life and Works
He was born at Barrhead, East Renfrewshire as the son of Alexander Davidson, an Evangelical Union minister and Helen née Crockett of Elgin. His family removed to Greenock in 1862 where he was educated at Highlanders' Academy there and entered the chemical laboratory of Walker's Sugarhouse refinery in his 13th year, returning after one year to school as a pupil teacher. In Public Analysts' Office, ... more »
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In Romney Marsh
As I went down to Dymchurch Wall,
I heard the South sing o'er the land
I saw the yellow sunlight fall
On knolls where Norman churches stand.
And ringing shrilly, taut and lithe,
Within the wind a core of sound,
The wire from Romney town to Hythe
Along its airy journey wound.
A veil of purple vapour flowed
And trailed its fringe along the Straits;
The upper air like sapphire glowed:
And roses filled Heaven's central gates.
Masts in the offing wagged their tops;
The swinging waves pealed on the shore;
The saffron beach, all diamond ...