Francis Ernley Walrond
Biography of Francis Ernley Walrond
Little is known of this Scotish born poet and banker, who brought out The Gods of Africa and other Poems in London in 1912 and whose later poem, "Eve," was first published for a centenary collection of South African verse in 1925. He appears to have lived once in Pretoria. Francis Ernley Walrond was born in Edinburgh and educated at Rugby. He moved to South Africa in 1904 and earned a living there as a bank manager, in Pretoria, it seems, until his retirement in 1934, when he moved to Isipingo, Natal. Walrond was a co-founder of the Veldsingers' Club.
Francis Ernley Walrond's Works:
Walrond, F. E. The Gods of Africa and Other Poems. 1912.
--. Silence Absolute. 1900.
--. The Lady Beautiful. 1906.
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Francis Ernley Walrond Poems
Meintjes Kopje! Meintjes Kopje! Do the purple daisies grow On your rugged slopes in spring-time As they did in years ago,
I walk in a garden of roses, 'Twixt lawn and shaven lawn, And I think of the wild free spaces, And the rose of a breathless dawn.
The gray of the morning Creeps in the room like fear. It is growing lighter, But I sit crouched and shivering.
I walk in a garden of roses,
'Twixt lawn and shaven lawn,
And I think of the wild free spaces,
And the rose of a breathless dawn.
Gentle and sweet beside me
Goes the wife that bears my name,
But I dream of a wild-eyed woman
And the sea that hides her shame.