Biography of Maurice Hewlett
Maurice Henry Hewlett (1861-1923), was an English historical novelist, poet and essayist. He was born at Weybridge, the eldest son of Henry Gay Hewlett, of Shaw Hall, Addington, Kent. He was educated at the London International College, Spring Grove, Isleworth, and was called to the bar in 1891. He gave up the law after the success of Forest Lovers . From 1896 to 1901 he was Keeper of Lands, Revenues, Records and Enrolments, a government post as adviser on matters of medieval law.
Hewlett married Hilda Beatrice Herbert on 3 January 1888 in St. Peter's Church, Vauxhall, where her father was the incumbent vicar. The couple had two children, a daughter, Pia, and a son, Francis, but separated in 1914.
He settled at Broad Chalke, Wiltshire. His friends included Evelyn Underhill, and Ezra Pound, whom he met at the Poet's Club in London.
Maurice Hewlett's Works:
* Earthwork Out of Tuscany (1895) travel
* The Masque of Dead Florentines (1895) verse
* Songs and Meditations (1897)
* Forest Lovers (1898) historical novel
* Pan and the Young Shepherd (1898) play
* Youngest of the Angels (1898) play
* Little Novels of Italy (1899) short stories
* Little Novels of English History
* The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay (1900) historical novel
* The New Canterbury Tales (1901)
* The Queen's Quair or The Six Years' Tragedy (1904) historical novel
* The Road in Tuscany (1904)
* Fond Adventures: Tales of the Youth of the World (1905) short stories
* The Fool Errant (1905) historical novel
* The Stooping Lady (1907) novel
* Artemision (1909) poems
* Halfway House (1908) novel
* Open Country (1909) novel
* Rest Harrow (1910) novel
* Letters to Sanchia (1910)
* The Song of Renny (1911)
* Brazenhead the Great (1911)
* Bendish (1913) novel
* For Two Voices (1914) Poem
* The Little Iliad (1915)
* The Song of the Plow (1916)
* The Village Wife’s Lament (1918) poems
* Thorgils of Treadholt (1917)
* In Green Shade (1920)
* The Light Heart (1920)
* Wiltshire Essays (1921)
* Extemporary Essays (1922) .
* The Last Essays of Maurice Hewlett (1924)
* The Letters of Maurice Hewlett (1926) edited by Laurence Binyon
Maurice Hewlett Poems
To The Belgians
O men of mickle heart and little speech, Slow, stubborn countrymen of heath and plain, Now have ye shown these insolent again
Soldier, soldier, off to the war, Take me a letter to my sweetheart O. He's gone away to France With his carbine and his lance,
Prologue To The Argive Women
OD. About this wicked house ten years The strife 'twixt Troy and Greece has surged
Oreithyia, by the North Wind carried To stormy Thrace from Athens where you tarried Down by Ilissus all a blowy day
THERE between the trees The prying Fauns and Woodmen dark And prick-ear'd Satyrs her did mark, How all abandon'd to her mood
In The Trenches
As I lay in the trenches Under the Hunter's Moon, My mind ran to the lenches Cut in a Wiltshire down.
Soldier, soldier, off to the war,
Take me a letter to my sweetheart O.
He's gone away to France
With his carbine and his lance,
And a lock of brown hair of his sweetheart O.
Fair maid of London, happy may you be
To know so much of your sweetheart O.
There's not a handsome lad,