Alfred Austin Poems
- Free Will And Fate `You ask me why I envy not The Monarch on...
- A Woman’s Apology In the green darkness of a summer ...
- Love's Blindness Now do I know that Love is blind, for I ...
- A Last Request Let not the roses lie Too thickly tangled ...
- Is Life Worth Living? Is life worth living? Yes, so long As ...
- Unseasonable Snows The leaves have not yet gone; then why do ...
- Give Me A Roof Where Wisdom Dw... Give me a roof where ...
A writer who wore several hats throughout his career, Alfred Austin was a critic, novelist and political journalist. Although he was educated in law, his professional life focused primarily on literature. Austin published regularly for half a century and succeeded Alfred, Lord Tennyson as poet laureate of England in 1896. Nonetheless, he carries the reputation of having been the worst and least read English poet.
Austin was born on May 30, 1835, in Headingley, near Leeds, to Roman Catholic parents Joseph and Mary Austin. His father was a merchant and a magistrate of Headingley and his mother was the sister of Joseph Locke, a member of Parliament and a civil engineer. He was ... more »
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Free Will And Fate
`You ask me why I envy not
The Monarch on his throne.
It is that I myself have got
A Kingdom of my own:
Kingdom by Free Will divine
Made inalienably mine,
Where over motions blind and brute
I live and reign supreme, a Sovereign absolute.
`Ebbing and flowing as the seas,
And surging but to drown,
Think you that I will pass to these
My Sceptre and my Crown?
Unto rebel passions give
Empire and prerogative?
They are attendants in my train,
To come when I command, and crouch as I ordain.
`If Will by long succession be
Not arbiter of ...