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Ballad Of The Goodly Fere - Poem by Ezra Pound

Ha' we lost the goodliest fere o' all
For the priests and the gallows tree?
Aye lover he was of brawny men,
O' ships and the open sea.

When they came wi' a host to take Our Man
His smile was good to see,
"First let these go!" quo' our Goodly Fere,
"Or I'll see ye damned," says he.

Aye he sent us out through the crossed high spears
And the scorn of his laugh rang free,
"Why took ye not me when I walked about
Alone in the town?" says he.

Oh we drank his "Hale" in the good red wine
When we last made company,
No capon priest was the Goodly Fere
But a man o' men was he.

I ha' seen him drive a hundred men
Wi' a bundle o' cords swung free,
That they took the high and holy house
For their pawn and treasury.

They'll no' get him a' in a book I think
Though they write it cunningly;
No mouse of the scrolls was the Goodly Fere
But aye loved the open sea.

If they think they ha' snared our Goodly Fere
They are fools to the last degree.
"I'll go to the feast," quo' our Goodly Fere,
"Though I go to the gallows tree."

"Ye ha' seen me heal the lame and blind,
And wake the dead," says he,
"Ye shall see one thing to master all:
'Tis how a brave man dies on the tree."

A son of God was the Goodly Fere
That bade us his brothers be.
I ha' seen him cow a thousand men.
I have seen him upon the tree.

He cried no cry when they drave the nails
And the blood gushed hot and free,
The hounds of the crimson sky gave tongue
But never a cry cried he.

I ha' seen him cow a thousand men
On the hills o' Galilee,
They whined as he walked out calm between,
Wi' his eyes like the grey o' the sea,

Like the sea that brooks no voyaging
With the winds unleashed and free,
Like the sea that he cowed at Genseret
Wi' twey words spoke' suddently.

A master of men was the Goodly Fere,
A mate of the wind and sea,
If they think they ha' slain our Goodly Fere
They are fools eternally.

I ha' seen him eat o' the honey-comb
Sin' they nailed him to the tree.

Comments about Ballad Of The Goodly Fere by Ezra Pound

  • Rookie Yvonne Dorsey (12/21/2009 8:48:00 AM)

    12/21/09 Todays clue in the daily crossword puzzle, the answer fere, not sure from the poem if it means companion, or priest? (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Stanton Hager (8/20/2006 6:51:00 AM)

    Fere (def.) a companion, a mate
    Pound- the great Modernist free-verse poet- was master of more traditional poetic forms than ANY other 20th Century poet. In fact, FEW pre-20th Century English poets mastered as many forms as Pound.
    'Ballad of the Goodly Fere' ranks with Robert Burns' ballads. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Ballad

  1. 1. Ballad Of The Goodly Fere , Ezra Pound
  2. 2. The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  3. 3. Lucy Gray, Or Solitude , William Wordsworth
  4. 4. The Ballad Of The Children Of The Czar , Delmore Schwartz
  5. 5. Lord Randall , Anonymous
  6. 6. The Ballad Of East And West , Rudyard Kipling
  7. 7. Annabel Lee , Edgar Allan Poe
  8. 8. The Man From Snowy River , Banjo Paterson
  9. 9. Ballad Of The Gibbet , Fran├žois Villon
  10. 10. The Highwayman , Alfred Noyes
  11. 11. Waltzing Matilda , Banjo Paterson
  12. 12. The Nightingale , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  13. 13. A Ballad Of Boding , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  14. 14. Her Immortality , Thomas Hardy
  15. 15. Maude Clare , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  16. 16. The Second Coming , William Butler Yeats
  17. 17. Ballade At Thirty-Five , Dorothy Parker
  18. 18. A Boston Ballad, 1854 , Walt Whitman
  19. 19. La Belle Dame Sans Merci , John Keats
  20. 20. Bridal Ballad , Edgar Allan Poe
  21. 21. Tam Lin , Anonymous
  22. 22. The Ballad Of The Landlord , Langston Hughes
  23. 23. Goody Blake And Harry Gill , William Wordsworth
  24. 24. Edward, Edward , Thomas Percy
  25. 25. The Man From Iron Bark , Banjo Paterson
  26. 26. The Legends Of Evil , Rudyard Kipling
  27. 27. The Ballad Of Moll Magee , William Butler Yeats
  28. 28. The Face On The Barroom Floor , Hugh Antoine D Arcy
  29. 29. Hind Horn , Anonymous Americas
  30. 30. The Foster Mother's Tale. A Dramatic Fr.. , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  31. 31. The Lass That Made The Bed To Me , Robert Burns
  32. 32. The Ballad Of The Dark Ladie. A Fragment. , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  33. 33. Ballade To Our Lady Of Czestochowa , Hilaire Belloc
  34. 34. Clancy Of The Overflow , Banjo Paterson
  35. 35. The Lady Of Shalott (1842) , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  36. 36. Simon Lee: The Old Huntsman , William Wordsworth
  37. 37. Gentlemen-Rankers , Rudyard Kipling
  38. 38. A Ballad Of Burdens , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  39. 39. Ballata 5: Light Do I See Within My Lady.. , Guido Cavalcanti
  40. 40. The Puritan's Ballad , Elinor Morton Wylie
  41. 41. We Are Seven , William Wordsworth
  42. 42. Heather Ale: A Galloway Legend , Robert Louis Stevenson
  43. 43. The Ballad Of Reading Gaol , Oscar Wilde
  44. 44. Ballad On The American War , Robert Burns
  45. 45. The Explanation , Rudyard Kipling
  46. 46. With Scindia To Delhi , Rudyard Kipling
  47. 47. As You Came From The Holy Land , Sir Walter Raleigh
  48. 48. The Three Ravens , Anonymous
  49. 49. Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; Iii: , Ellis Parker Butler
  50. 50. The Host Of The Air , William Butler Yeats
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