Charles Stuart Calverley
Charles Stuart Calverley Poems
- Peace. A Study He stood, a worn-out City clerk -- ...
- Forever "Forever": 'tis a single word! Our rude ...
- Love 1 Canst thou love me, lady? 2 I've not ...
- The Auld Wife PART I The auld wife sat at her ivied door, ...
- Beer In those old days which poets say were golden -- ...
- Charades I. She stood at Greenwich, motionless amid The ...
- Dirge White is the wold, and ghostly The dank and leafless ...
Charles Stuart Calverley was an English poet and wit. He was the literary father of what has been called "the university school of humour".
He was born at Martley, Worcestershire, and given the name Charles Stuart Blayds. In 1852, his father, the Rev. Henry Blayds, resumed the old family name of Calverley, which his grandfather had exchanged for Blayds in 1807. Charles went up to Balliol College, Oxford from Harrow School in 1850, and was soon known in Oxford as the most daring and high-spirited undergraduate of his time. He was a universal favourite, a delightful companion, a brilliant scholar and the playful enemy of all "dons." In 1851 ... more »
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Peace. A Study
He stood, a worn-out City clerk —
Who'd toil'd, and seen no holiday,
For forty years from dawn to dark —
Alone beside Caermarthen Bay.
He felt the salt spray on his lips;
Heard children's voices on the sands;
Up the sun's path he saw the ships
Sail on and on to other lands;
And laugh'd aloud. Each sight and sound
To him was joy too deep for tears;
He sat him on the beach, and bound
A blue bandana round his ears
And thought how, posted near his door,
His own green door on Camden ...