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Thomas Hood

(1789-1845 / London / England)


  • ''A certain portion of the human race
    Has certainly a taste for being diddled.''
    Thomas Hood (1799-1845), British poet. A Black Job.
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  • ''The best of friends fall out, and so
    His teeth had done some years ago.''
    Thomas Hood (1799-1845), British poet. A True Story.
  • ''I saw old Autumn in the misty morn
    Stand shadowless like Silence, listening
    To silence,''
    Thomas Hood (1799-1845), British poet. Autumn (l. 1-3). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Ben Battle was a soldier bold,
    And used to war's alarms;
    But a cannon-ball took off his legs,
    So he laid down his arms.''
    Thomas Hood (1799-1845), British poet. Faithless Nelly Gray (l. 1-4). . . New Oxford Book of English Light Verse, The. Kingsley Amis, ed. (1978) Oxford University Press.
  • ''O, Nelly Gray! O, Nelly Gray!
    Is this your love so warm?
    The love that loves a scarlet coat
    Should be more uniform!''
    Thomas Hood (1799-1845), British poet. repr. In Complete Poetical Works, ed. Walter Jerrold (1906). Faithless Nelly Gray (1826).
  • ''And then in the fulness of joy and hope,
    Seemed washing his hands with invisible soap,
    In imperceptible water.''
    Thomas Hood (1799-1845), British poet. "Her Christening," Miss Kilmansegg (1841-1843).
  • ''I remember, I remember,
    The house where I was born,
    The little window where the sun
    Came peeping in at morn.''
    Thomas Hood (1799-1845), British poet. repr. In Complete Poetical Works, ed. Walter Jerrold (1906). I Remember, st. 1 (1827).
  • ''I remember, I remember
    The fir trees dark and high;
    I used to think their slender tops
    Were close against the sky;
    It was a childish ignorance,
    But now 'tis little joy
    To know I'm further off from Heaven
    Than when I was a boy.''
    Thomas Hood (1799-1845), British poet. I Remember, I Remember (l. 25-32). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950. Helen Gardner, ed. (1972) Oxford University Press.
  • ''No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
    No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds—November!''
    Thomas Hood (1799-1845), British poet. No! (L. 22-23). . . Fireside Book of Humorous Poetry, The. William Cole, ed. (1959) Simon and Schuster.
  • ''But who would rush at a benighted man,
    And give him two black eyes for being blind?''
    Thomas Hood (1799-1845), British poet. Ode to Rae Wilson.

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The Death Bed

We watch'd her breathing thro' the night,
Her breathing soft and low,
As in her breast the wave of life
Kept heaving to and fro.

But when the morn came dim and sad
And chill with early showers,
Her queit eyelids closed - she had
Another morn than ours.

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