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Bottomley, Gordon    Poet's Biography
120 poems available by this author


A CAROL FOR CHRISTMAS DAY BEFORE DAWN    Poem Text    
First Line: O, bethlem town to-night is cold
Last Line: A world more sorrowful than theirs.
Subject(s): Christmas Carols; Religion; Theology


A DEAD MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: White-faced mother, what fragrant things
Last Line: "to watch till my child appears."
Subject(s): Abortion; Mothers


A HYMN OF FORM    Poem Text    
First Line: The holy virtue of living, the soul's delight
Last Line: As if, after all, god is and is about to speak.
Subject(s): Form


A HYMN OF IMAGINATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Imagination's towers appear
Last Line: To be resumed in god we ripen here?
Subject(s): Imagination; Fancy


A HYMN OF TOUCH    Poem Text    
First Line: These magnificent senses
Last Line: Of all senses magnificent.
Subject(s): Touch (Sense)


A LADY OF PARIS BORDONE    Poem Text    
First Line: Saidst genoa? Ah well, it may be true
Last Line: Her bosom whose limpid veil droops wide apart.
Subject(s): Genoa, Italy


A PASSING OF FAITH    Poem Text    
First Line: Nilus's gods, lost wanderers
Last Line: And, ere they know it, no more exist.
Subject(s): Faith; Belief; Creed


A SISTER OF SORROW: 1. UP THE ROAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Mother, he walks by the windy gate
Last Line: "daughter, I tell you the dead are dead."
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


A SISTER OF SORROW: 2. WEEPING CROSS    Poem Text    
First Line: Now when you come to weeping cross
Last Line: "who kissed as judas kissed."
Subject(s): Crosses


A SISTER OF SORROW: 3. WEDDING-EVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Gown and veil and bride-bed linen
Last Line: "your tomb or his, 'tis one to me."
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


A SONG OF APPLE-BLOOM    Poem Text    
First Line: Have you not waked in the grey of the day-dawn
Last Line: "come, lasses, come, ere our rose-world falls grey."
Subject(s): Apples; Fruit


A SONG OF APPLE-GATHERING    Poem Text    
First Line: Harvest is over in mist and moist moon-light
Last Line: Joy-worn and grave to its sleep-time at last.
Subject(s): Apples; Fruit; Harvest


ABISHAG    Poem Text    
First Line: My lord, your servants sought me and I came
Last Line: Is this way slowly easier? It is well.
Subject(s): Abishag (Bible); Women In The Bible


AN EPILOGUE TO THE STEALING OF DIONYSOS: IACHOS SPEAKING    Poem Text    
First Line: I hate the sea, whose bladder-grapes
Last Line: I could not help touching earth again.


ATLANTIS    Poem Text    
First Line: What poets sang in atlantis? Who can tell
Last Line: Poetry's immortality will pass.
Subject(s): Atlantis; Mythology - Classical; Poetry & Poets


AVELINGLAS    Poem Text    
First Line: Now whether land or water win
Last Line: Who built his palace here?


BABEL: THE GATE OF GOD    Poem Text    
First Line: Lost towers impend, copeless primeval props
Last Line: Cankerous charring, crevices' fronds of flame.
Subject(s): Babylon


BABYLONIAN LYRIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Nimroud was a hunter, striding
Last Line: Tressed with life, with deep death shod.
Subject(s): Babylon


BIARTEY'S SPINNING SONG, FR. THE RIDING TO LITHEND    Poem Text    
First Line: They go by three
Last Line: The core slips out.
Subject(s): Spinning


BLANDID'S SONG, FR. THE CRIER BY NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The bird in my heart is calling through a farfled, tear-grey sea
Last Line: Who have known the forgetting of dying to a life one lonely pain.


BRITAIN'S DAUGHTER    Poem Text    
First Line: The rat is a sociable fellow
Last Line: Curtain


CALVARY-TALK    Poem Text    
First Line: Three black crosses against the sky
Last Line: Who thought their god was dead.
Subject(s): Crucifixion; Jesus Christ - Crucifixion


DAPHNE; FOR GRAHAM ROBERTSON    Poem Text    
First Line: That white and wondrous city near the sea
Last Line: "that love has sacrificed thee to despair."
Subject(s): Daphne (Mythology)


DEDICATION A VISION OF GIORGIONE: TO MY WIFE, AN OLD GIFT AND A NEW    Poem Text    
First Line: Where all is yours


DEDICATION TO BRITAIN'S DAUGHTER; TO EDMUND GOSSE    Poem Text    
First Line: By babbicombe and oddicombe


DEDICATION TO CHAMBERS OF IMAGERY. SECOND SERIES: TO MY PARENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Too many books of voiceless verse


DEDICATION TO CHAMBERS OF IMAGERY: TO SARAH GORDON    Poem Text    
First Line: Too many years have touched you now


DEDICATION TO KING LEAR'S WIFE: TO T. STURGE MOORE    Poem Text    
First Line: The years come on, the years go by


DEDICATION TO LAODICE AND DANAE: TO B.J. FLETCHER    Poem Text    
First Line: O rare ben fletcher, oft I bless
Subject(s): Friendship


DEDICATION TO MIDSUMMER EVE: TO CLINTON BALMER    Poem Text    
First Line: In the lost valley all is still
Subject(s): Hay, James Hamilton (1874-1916); Friendship


DEDICATION TO RIDING TO LITHEND: TO EDWARD THOMAS    Poem Text    
First Line: Here in the north we speak of you


DEDICATIONS AND INSCRIPTIONS: 11. TO EDWARD THOMAS, WITH A PLAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Within your roman house
Last Line: Let them to yours be bidden.
Subject(s): Thomas, Edward (1878-1917)


DEDICATIONS AND INSCRIPTIONS: 12. TO YONE NOGUCHI    Poem Text    
First Line: I have seen bending ladies in a mist
Last Line: A night-song half a gleam and half a sigh.
Subject(s): Noguchi, Yone (1875-1947)


DEDICATIONS AND INSCRIPTIONS: 17. TO G.H. LUCE, WITH A BOOK OF PLAYS       
First Line: When in some heavy airless eastern night


DEDICATIONS AND INSCRIPTIONS: 2. EPILOGUE: 5TH OCTOBER 1896    Poem Text    
First Line: Autumn falls quickly on us hereabout
Last Line: The evening lowing of tense-uddered kine.


DEDICATIONS AND INSCRIPTIONS: 6. GRUACH    Poem Text    
First Line: Now, when my life is more than half consumed
Last Line: The duty that I offer, I too your friend.
Subject(s): Writing & Writers


DEDICATIONS AND INSCRIPTIONS: 7. FAREWELL TO WHITE-NIGHTS    Poem Text    
First Line: White-nights, white-nights, ah, name that stirs hushed singing
Last Line: And their grey tears drop softly in my heart.


DEDICATIONS AND INSCRIPTIONS: 8. BEAM-VERSES AT WELL KNOWE    Poem Text    
First Line: This land was once the northmen's rest
Last Line: Shall help the outworn world to change.


EAGER SPRING    Poem Text    
First Line: Whirl, snow, on the blackbird's chatter
Last Line: To save for us one more spring.
Subject(s): Spring


EARLY VENEZIAN DETAIL    Poem Text    
First Line: Little cat of an angel
Last Line: For her skirts to spill.
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


FIRST MUSICIAN'S SONG, FR. LAODICE AND DANAE    Poem Text    
First Line: I will sing of the women who have borne rule
Last Line: She has shewn men the power of their source again.
Subject(s): Women


GONERIL'S LULLABY, FR. KING LEAR'S WIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: The owlets in roof-holes
Last Line: Twixt me and my arm.


GORMFLAITH'S SONG, FR. KING LEAR'S WIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: If you have a mind to kiss me
Last Line: I'll shut mine. Come, have you spied me?
Subject(s): Kisses


GRUACH    Poem Text    
First Line: The meat is killed: the veal is blooded: the trout are caught
Last Line: Curtain.
Subject(s): Scotland


HADRIAN IN EGYPT    Poem Text    
First Line: Rare hadrian had wondered in all lands
Last Line: The trouble of beauty in a brooding poet.
Subject(s): Egypt; Hadrian, Roman Emperor (76-138)


HAYMAKERS' SONG, FR. KING RENE'S HONEYMOON    Poem Text    
First Line: The hay-wain turns heavily down the dark lane
Last Line: Until in full pails of frothed milk they are humming.
Subject(s): Hay & Haymaking


HOMUNCULUS IN PENUMBRA    Poem Text    
First Line: When I look down my limbs and moving breast
Last Line: "until dissemination is complete."
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


HUSBANDMAN'S SONG, FR. KING RENE'S HONEYMOON    Poem Text    
First Line: In the last heavy days ere the mowing-grass seeded
Last Line: And the corn-crake creaked ever and over and o'er.
Subject(s): Mills & Millers


IN CHURCH    Poem Text    
First Line: The priest, in thoughtless daily use
Last Line: That proud tired yielding to the sun's.
Subject(s): Public Worship; Church Attendance


IN JANUARY    Poem Text    
First Line: O, shepherd out upon the snow
Last Line: Still creeping agelessly.
Subject(s): January; Shepherds & Shepherdesses


IN MEMORIAM A.M.W.; SEPTEMBER, 1910 (FOR A SOLEMN MUSIC)    Poem Text    
First Line: Out of a silence
Last Line: Into a silence.
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


JULIET TO ROSALINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Sweet coz, I thank you for your prudish vow
Subject(s): Virginity; Vestals


KASSANDRA PROPHESIES    Poem Text    
First Line: And yester-morn the vision burned again
Last Line: Take you and sell you to mene...Men...Menelaos....
Subject(s): Cassandra (Mythology); Helen Of Troy; Mythology - Classical; Prophecy & Prophets


L'APPARITION' OF GUSTAVE MOREAU    Poem Text    
First Line: These jewel-coloured walls, gemmed salome


L'OISEAU BLEU (AFTER CHARLES CONDER)    Poem Text    
First Line: A parting golden haze
Last Line: The bird drops home.
Subject(s): Birds; Bluebirds


LES BARICADES MISTERIEUSES (AFTER FRANCOIS COUPERIN)    Poem Text    
First Line: In this unsought and lonely glade
Last Line: In night that closes everything.


LITTLEHOLME; FOR J.S. AND A.W.S.    Poem Text    
First Line: In entering the town, where the bright river
Last Line: About an earth that has not been misused.
Subject(s): Towns


MAUDLIN'S SONG: 1, FR. MIDSUMMER EVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Fetch the porridge-pot hither to me
Last Line: Warily down and shake it. Now!


MAUDLIN'S SONG: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: The maids went down to dip in the pool
Last Line: Though the night was cool.
Subject(s): Swimming & Swimmers


MIDNIGHT FIRES    Poem Text    
First Line: The narrow wings of sunset spread and sank
Last Line: Our lights burn low; and so send out their light.
Subject(s): Great Britain; Patriotism


NAN'S SONG, FR. MIDSUMMER EVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Hou, hou' went the neatherd moaning
Last Line: "hou, hou"" neared the neatherd's calling."


NETTED STRAWBERRIES    Poem Text    
First Line: I am a willow-wren
Last Line: The web would tangle and cling.
Subject(s): Fruit; Strawberries


NEW YEAR'S EVE, 1913    Poem Text    
First Line: O, cartmel bells ring soft to-night
Last Line: The cartmel bells no more.
Subject(s): Holidays; New Year


NIGHT AND MORNING SONGS (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: Out of the high skies birds are falling
Subject(s): Birds; Trees


NIGHT AND MORNING SONGS (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: I am tired of the wind


NIGHT AND MORNING SONGS (3)    Poem Text    
First Line: Only the darkening heights
Subject(s): Remorse


NIGHT AND MORNING SONGS (4)    Poem Text    
First Line: Where is that tomb of antony's ?


NIGHT AND MORNING SONGS: (5)    Poem Text    
First Line: Between april and may


NIGHT AND MORNING SONGS: 14. RING-DOVE SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Softly I sing you, sweet
Last Line: Sweet.
Subject(s): Doves


NIGHT AND MORNING SONGS: 9. A MAD MAID'S SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: The day had a sunless dawning
Last Line: Find sweetness in death's peace.


NIGHT AND MORNING SONGS: AFTER MOONSET    Poem Text    
First Line: Lilies burned white in the dark
Subject(s): Night; Bedtime


NIGHT AND MORNING SONGS: DAWN    Poem Text    
First Line: A thrush is tapping a stone
Subject(s): Dawn; Sunrise


NIGHT AND MORNING SONGS: EBB TIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: There's salt on your ashen lips, lady
Subject(s): Wind; Rain


NIGHT AND MORNING SONGS: ELEGIAC MOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: From song and dream for ever gone


NIGHT AND MORNING SONGS: MY MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: My moon was lit in an hour of lilies
Subject(s): Moon


NIGHT AND MORNING SONGS: SANCTUARIES    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a chamber in the dawn
Subject(s): Dawn; Night; Sunrise; Bedtime


NIGHT AND MORNING SONGS: THE FIELDS AT EVENING    Poem Text    
First Line: The dew-light lingers yet
Subject(s): Fields; Evening; Pastures; Meadows; Leas; Sunset; Twilight


OF HORSES    Poem Text    
First Line: Hold power between thy knees; yea, string
Last Line: Loose tender mouth would make thee dumbly man's.
Subject(s): Animals; Horses


ON LANDOR'S POEMS FOUND IN A CEDARWOOD DESK    Poem Text    
First Line: Comatas, prisoned in a cedarn chest


OUR LADY OF CONSOLATION    Poem Text    
First Line: We seek you in the garden to and fro
Last Line: And all our hearts are with you now as then.
Subject(s): Consolation


PHILLIS    Poem Text    
First Line: When kings ruled lands of villages


PROLOGUE FOR THE SILVERDALE VILLAGE PLAYERS: EASTER 1922    Poem Text    
First Line: Neighbours and friends, we come to-night
Last Line: Before you all another year.
Subject(s): Actors & Actresses; Actresses


PROLOGUE FOR THE SILVERDALE VILLAGE PLAYERS: EASTER 1924    Poem Text    
First Line: Neighbours, to-night we come once more
Last Line: As of that iceland where they befell.
Subject(s): Actors & Actresses; Actresses


ROGER'S SONG, FR. MIDSUMMER EVE    Poem Text    
First Line: I get no sleep in lambing nights
Last Line: While I do handle the sheep.
Subject(s): Sheep


ROMEO TO ROSALINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Since, in the ashen nunnery of your heart
Subject(s): Love - Unrequited


ROSAMUND GRIEF    Poem Text    
First Line: I fasted, prayed and scourged myself
Last Line: An angel in god's sight.
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


SAILORS: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: Why does the land cease here? Determinedly


SHEARERS'SONG, FR. KING RENE'S ROMANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: What do the maids at shearing-time?
Last Line: A maid can clip as well as a man.
Subject(s): Sheep; Women's Rights; Feminism


SINAI    Poem Text    
First Line: I am the moses: I the mouth of god
Last Line: I strike the steel to unavoidable things.
Subject(s): Moses


SISTER TO SISTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Scarce can I see your golden head
Last Line: His arms about you, sister.
Subject(s): Sisters


SOLOMON'S PARENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Do I turn to poison? Am I corrupt?
Last Line: How they grew.
Subject(s): Bathsheba (Bible); David (D. 962 B.c.); Solomon (10th Century B.c.); Women In The Bible


SONG, FR. A VISION OF GIOGIONE: GEMMA'S SONG ON THE WATER    Poem Text    
First Line: Pale ilaria, beauty's daughter
Last Line: Lean down to meet that gleaming.


SONG, FR. A VISION OF GIORGIONE: FELICE'S SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: You know, and none in the world beside
Last Line: Swiftly the golden leaf.


SONG, FR. A VISION OF GIORGIONE: GEMMA'S SONG ON THE WAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Helen dwelt in old troy city
Last Line: Liefer than to hers.
Subject(s): Helen Of Troy; Mythology - Classical


SONG, FR. A VISION OF GIORGIONE: GEMMA'S SPRING SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Ladies, dawn creeps down the valley
Last Line: From their shadowy hearts again?
Subject(s): Spring


THE DAIRYMAIDS TO PAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Goatfoot, we know you
Last Line: To herd us our beasts.
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Pan (Mythology)


THE ELDER WOMAN'S SONG: 1, FR. KING LEAR'S WIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: A louse crept out of my lady's shift
Last Line: Her pocket turned out for me.
Subject(s): Lice


THE ELDER WOMAN'S SONG: 2, FR. KING LEAR'S WIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Mother, it is my wedding-morn
Last Line: For I watched the night away.
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


THE ELDER WOMAN'S SONG: 3, FR. KING LEAR'S WIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: The queen has gone to bed
Last Line: And nobody knows why.
Subject(s): Insomnia; Sleeplessness


THE ELDER WOMAN'S SONG: 4, FR. KING LEAR'S WIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: O, merry, merry will my heart be
Last Line: And go like a lady, warmly drest.
Subject(s): Old Age; Women


THE END OF THE WORLD    Poem Text    
First Line: The snow had fallen many nights and days
Last Line: "he can stay with me while I do not lift them."
Subject(s): Judgment Day; End Of The World; Doomsday; Fall Of Man


THE GOLDEN STILL NOVEMBER DAYS    Poem Text    


THE LAST NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: The queen's dark laugh is dreadful as the night
Last Line: And desolate memphian silences remain.
Subject(s): Silence


THE LAST OF HELEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Spring. A hid land of sodden sickly sleep
Last Line: Her heart that is both present and forgotten.
Subject(s): Helen Of Troy; Mythology - Classical


THE MAID OF ARC; FOR M. S. M.    Poem Text    
First Line: In domremy a maid
Last Line: Who sleep in fields of france.
Subject(s): Joan Of Arc (1412-1431)


THE ORCHARD FEAST    Poem Text    
First Line: Nay, leave the ladders hidden up the boughs
Last Line: And lift our loads between us and go home.
Subject(s): Country Life; Food & Eating


THE PASSING BELL    Poem Text    
First Line: The pull-wheel whirled in the bell-tower
Last Line: "and a light-swift path thereto."
Subject(s): Bells


THE PLOUGHMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Under the long fell's stony eaves
Last Line: The corn will spring again for me.
Subject(s): Corn; Plowing & Plowmen


THE PRIDE OF WESTMORELAND    Poem Text    
First Line: I met a man of ninety-three
Last Line: Like harry the eighth before me.
Subject(s): Marriage; Old Age; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


THE SLAVE MARKET    Poem Text    
First Line: In bronze (true flesh of thought) stern shifting contours
Last Line: Pass thou and gaze, she is more greatly thine.
Subject(s): Helen Of Troy; Mythology - Classical


THE SOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: When robert put the seed in, seed in, seed in
Last Line: A star like burning snow.
Subject(s): Plants; Planting; Planters


THE VIADUCT    Poem Text    
First Line: And when I found the narrowing estuary
Last Line: Stacked waggons, slow unthinking slaves between.
Subject(s): Railroads; Railways; Trains


THE WHITE WATCH (OPUS 27: NO. 2)    Poem Text    
First Line: O lifeless garden of the moon
Last Line: A little over the garden below.
Subject(s): Moon; Sleep; Women


THE WHITE WATCH (OPUS 28: NO. 3)    Poem Text    
First Line: Apple boughs lie in the eaves
Last Line: And a bride girl peered at her from the floor.
Subject(s): Brides; Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


THE WHITE WATCH (OPUS JUVENIS)    Poem Text    
First Line: I do not know how I came here
Last Line: And love in the dark, my love and I.


TO IRON-FOUNDERS AND OTHERS    Poem Text    
First Line: When you destroy a blade of grass
Last Line: Chisels men's hands to magnify.
Subject(s): Environment; Industrial Revolution; Labor & Laborers; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Work; Workers


TO OMAR KHAYYAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Omar, the roses blossom by your grave
Subject(s): Omar Khayyam (1048-1122)


TO ROBERT CALVERLEY TREVELYAN & ELIZABETH TREVELYAN    Poem Text    
First Line: When one in java and cathay
Last Line: Had I not journeyed at your side.
Subject(s): Friendship; Travel; Journeys; Trips


TO W.G.C., WITH A BOOK OF PLAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: Sir, you have known great men, and your own mind
Subject(s): Admiration


WITH A BOOK OF VERSES    Poem Text    
First Line: Some winter's eve, when every beam