Early Verse
Schoolboy Lyrics and Echoes

[October 21 2007]

The poems are listed here by first line; click here for a listing by title.

First line Title Notes
A little sigh, a little shiver… Daffodils in English fields … In England elm-leaves fall ...Here's a mongoose … Tara Chand is the gardener's mate Nursery Idylls (I) to (V)
A new-made grave, for the damp earth stood Requiescat in pace
Alas for me, who loved my bow-wow well! Cavaliere servente
And I was a man who could write you rhyme Amour de Voyage
And so unto the End of Graves came he Estunt the Grief
At the wall's foot a smear of fly-flecked red A Murder in the Compound
Cosmic force and Cawnpore leather Kopra-Brahm
Dawn that disheartens the desolate dunes Quaeritur
Fairest of women is she Illusion, disillusion, allusion
From every quarter of your land Ave Imperatrix
Give me my rein, my sais! Give me my rein! Sonnet
Here we have it, scratched and scored Reading the Will
His drink it is Saline Pyretic The Song of the Sufferer
H'm, for a subject it is well enough! The Flight of the Bucket
Hoots! toots! ayont, ahint, afore The Indian farmer at Home
I had a little husband' …'Jack's own Jill goes up the Hill' …'Mary, Mary, quite contrary' … 'See-saw, Justice and Law' etc. Nursery Rhymes for little Anglo-Indians
I journeyed, on a winter's day Jane Smith
I passed through the lonely Indian town The 'City of the Heart'
I stand and guard - such ones as say The Front Door
I turned the pages of the baby's book The Cursing of Stephen
I wandered by the riverside 'Way down the Ravi River'
I will into the world, I will make me a name Two sides of the medal
If my Love come to me over the water The Ballad of the King's Daughter
In the shade of the trees by the lunch-tent the Old Haileyburian sat The Boar of the Year
Let the fruit ripen one by one An echo
Let us praise Such an One Envy Hatred.and Malice
Lo! what is this I make! Are these his limbs The Seven Nights of Creation
Mother India, wan and thin A Vision of India
Naked and shivering, how the oozy tide This side the Styx
Now the land is ringed with a circle of fire Himalayan
Nude nymph, when from Neuberg's I led her The Maid of the Meerschaum
One brought her Fire from a distant place Failure
Open the Gate! A Locked Way
Our heads were rough and our hands were black The Dusky Crew
Passion and Fire - bah! are they ever linked with beauty? Conventionality
Placetne, Domini? - in far Lahore To the Common Room
Rain on the face of the sea Commonplaces
Roses by babies' rosier fingers pressed Roses
Run down to the sea, O River Land-bound
Save (See) where our huge sea-castles from afar The Battle of Assaye
So (Es) long as 'twuz ('twas) me alone Donec Gratus Eram'
So be it; you give me my release His Consolation
So the day dragged through Overheard
Something wanting in this world Caret
Sweet is the Rose's scent - Tobacco's smell Tobacco
That long white Barrack by the Sea The Song of the Exiles
The fields were upholstered with poppies so red Appropriate verses on an Elegant Landscape
The Jam-pot - tender thought The Jam-pot
The night was very silent, and the moon was going down How the Day Broke
There is one moment when the gods are kind Missed
There were three daughters long ago A Legend of Devonshire
There's no God in London London Town
There's tumult in the Khyber On Fort Duty
Three couples were we in the lane Credat Judaeus
Under the shadow of Death Laocoon
We are actors at the side-scenes ere the play of life begins From the Wings
We pray to God, and to God it seems Our Lady of Many Dreams
We two learned the lesson together The Lesson
We were alone on the beach Solus cum sola
Where the reveller laid him, drunk with wine How the Goddess Awakened
The Sudden Bazaar