Herbert Asquith

(11 March 1881 - 5 August 1947 / London, England)

Biography of Herbert Asquith

Herbert Asquith poet

Herbert Asquith was an English poet, novelist and lawyer.

Biography

He was the second son of H. H. Asquith, British Prime Minister β€” with whom he is frequently confused β€” and younger brother of Raymond Asquith. His wife Lady Cynthia Asquith, whom he married in 1910, the daughter of Hugo Richard Charteris, 11th Earl of Wemyss (1857–1937), was also a writer.

Asquith was greatly affected by his service with the Royal Artillery in World War I. His poems include "The Volunteer" and "The Fallen Subaltern", the latter being a tribute to fallen soldiers. His books include "Roon" and "Young Orland".

Herbert Asquith's Works:

Roon
Young Orland

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The Frowning Cliff

The sea has a laugh
And the cliff a frown;
For the laugh of the sea is wearing him down.

Lipping and lapping
Frown as he may,
The laughing sea
Will eat him away;

Knees and body,
And tawny head,
He'll smile at last
On a golden bed.

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