Ivor Gurney Poems on Night (14 Poems)

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    Thoughts of New England (Ivor Gurney Poems)

    Gloucester streets walking in Autumn twilight,Past Kineburgh’s cottage and old Raven Tavern,That Hoare he kept, the Puritan, who tiredOr fired, and took a passage in the ‘Mayflower’,Gloucester streets walking in frost-clear hour –Of ‘Captains Courageous’ as a boy read, thinking,And … Continue reading

    The Road (Ivor Gurney Poems)

    Out beyond Aldgate is a road,And a broad,Clean, noble thing it runs,For the sun’sAnd wind’s and man’s delight,And the high stars at night.There go JewessesAnd Poles and Russ and thesePale-faced sons,Daughter of Thames and Paul’sBetwixt walls and high wallsOf sooted … Continue reading

    La Gorgues (Ivor Gurney Poems)

    The long night, the short sleep, and La Gorgues to wander,So be the Fates were kind and our Commander;With a mill, and still canal, and like-Stroudway bridges.One looks back on these as Time’s truest riches –Which were so short an … Continue reading

    To Certain Comrades (E.S. and J.H.) (Ivor Gurney Poems)

    Living we loved you, yet withheld our praisesBefore your faces. And though our spirits had you high in honour!After the English manner, We said no word. Yet as such comrades would,You understood. Such friendship is not touched by death’s disaster,But … Continue reading

    Of Cruelty (Ivor Gurney Poems)

    From the racked substance of the earth comes the plant andThat with heat and the night frost is tortured:To some perfection that grows, man’s thoughts wills his hand –Roots rent, crown broken, grub holed, it is drawn upward. A hundred … Continue reading

    The Companions (Ivor Gurney Poems)

    On uplands bleak and bare to windBeneath a maze of stars I strode;Phantoms of Fear haunted the road,Dogging my footsteps close behind. Till Heaven blew clear of cloud, showed eachMost tiny baby-star as fineAs any jewel of kings. OrionTriumphed through … Continue reading

    Robecq again (Ivor Gurney Poems)

    Robecq had straw and a comfortable tavernThere men might their sinews feel slowly recoveringFrom the march-strain and there was Autumn’s translucenceIn the calm air, and a tang of the earth and its essence.A girl served wine there with natural dignityMoving … Continue reading

    The Escape (Ivor Gurney Poems)

    I believe in the increasing of life: whatever Leads to the seeing of small trifles, Real, beautiful, is good and an act never Is worthier than in freeing spirit that stifles Under ingratitude’s weight, nor is anything done Wiselier than the moving or breaking to … Continue reading

    Song of Pain and Beauty: To M.M.S (Ivor Gurney Poems)

    O may these days of pain,These wasted-seeming days,Somewhere reflower againWith scent and savour of praise.Draw out of memory all bitternessOf night with Thy sun’s rays. And strengthen Thou in meThe love of men here found,And eager charity,That, out of difficult … Continue reading

    Half dead (Ivor Gurney Poems)

    Half dead with sheer tiredness, wakened quick at night .With dysentry pangs, going blind among sleepersAnd dazed into half-dark, illness had its spite.Head cleared, eyes saw; horrible body-creepersStilled with the cold — the cold bringing me sane —See there was … Continue reading

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