Songs from Books III

Some Further Songs from Books 1916-17

The poems are listed by title. Click here for a listing by first line; and here by the collections in which they appear.

Title Article/Story First line Notes
The Beginnings Mary Postgate It was not part of their blood,
The Children The Honours of War These were our children who died
The Comforters The Dog Hervey Until thy feet have trod the Road
The Fabulists My Son’s Wife When all the world would keep a matter hid,
The Floods My Son’s Wife The rain it rains without a stay
Harwich Ladies The Fringes of the Fleet Farewell and adieu to you, Harwich Ladies,
Helen all Alone In the Same Boat There was darkness under Heaven
Jobson’s Amen In the Presence Blessed be the English and all their ways and works.
The Land Friendly Brook When Julius Fabricius, Sub-Prefect of the Weald,
The Legend of Mirth The Horse Marines The four Archangels, so the legends tell,
The Lowestoft Boat The Fringes of the Fleet In Lowestoft a boat was laid
MacDonough’s Song As Easy as ABC Whether the State can loose and bind >
Minesweepers The Fringes of the Fleet Dawn off the Foreland – the young flood making
The North Sea Patrol The Fringes of the Fleet When the East wind is brewed fresh and fresh every morning
The Press The Village that Voted the Earth was Flat The Soldier may forget his Sword,
Rebirth The Edge of the Evening Ifany God should say,
A Song in Storm The Fringes of the Fleet Be well assured that on our side
The Song of Seven Cities The Vortex I was Lord of Cities very sumptuously builded.
Tin Fish The Fringes of the Fleet The ships destroy us above
The Trade Tales of “The Trade” They bear, in place of classic names
A Translation Regulus There are whose study is of smells,
The Verdicts Destroyers at Jutland Not in the thick of the fight