Early Verse
Schoolboy Lyrics and Echoes

[October 21 2007]

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

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