Alfred Austin

(30 May 1835 – 2 June 1913 / Headingley)

Alfred Austin Poems

1. When In The Long-Drawn Avenues Of Thought 4/7/2010
2. Know, Nature, Like The Cuckoo, Laughs At Law 4/7/2010
3. Shepherd Swains That Feed Your Flocks 4/7/2010
4. The Smiling Slopes With Olive Groves Bedecked 4/7/2010
5. Were I A Poet, I Would Dwell 4/7/2010
6. Look Up, Desponding Hearts! See, Morning Sallies 4/7/2010
7. My Northern Blood Exults To Face 4/7/2010
8. My Soul Is Sunk In All-Suffusing Shame 4/7/2010
9. Sadder Than Lark When Lowering 4/7/2010
10. Take Not The Gods To Task, For They Are Wise 4/7/2010
11. The Flower, Full Blown, Now Bends The Stalk, Now Breaks 4/7/2010
12. The Lark Confinèd In His Cage 4/7/2010
13. Tis Because, Though In Dusky Bower 4/7/2010
14. When The Reaper Lays The Sickle By, 4/7/2010
15. Why Should I, From This Long And Losing Strife 4/7/2010
16. A Birthday Present 4/8/2010
17. A Border Burn 4/8/2010
18. A Country Nosegay 4/8/2010
19. A Letter From Italy 4/8/2010
20. A March Minstrel 4/8/2010
21. A Question Answered 4/8/2010
22. A Rare Guest 4/8/2010
23. A Reply To A Pessimist 4/8/2010
24. A Royal Home-Coming 4/8/2010
25. A Shakespeare Memorial 4/8/2010
26. A Sleepless Night 4/8/2010
27. A Spring Carol 4/8/2010
28. A Tale Of True Love 4/8/2010
29. A Te Deum 4/8/2010
30. A Twilight Song 4/8/2010
31. A Voice From The West 4/8/2010
32. A Wintry Picture 4/8/2010
33. A Wintry Picture (Ii) 4/8/2010
34. Alea Jacta 4/8/2010
35. Christmas,1870 4/8/2010
36. Henry Bartle Edward Frere 4/8/2010
37. In Sutton Woods 4/8/2010
38. In The Forum 4/8/2010
39. Lady Mabel 4/8/2010
40. Leszko The Bastard 4/8/2010

Comments about Alfred Austin

  • Sofia Kioroglou Sofia Kioroglou (4/16/2016 2:22:00 AM)

    I agree with John Mahon. He is an excellent poet and vastly underrated for sure!

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  • John Mahon (7/9/2013 10:17:00 AM)

    Vastly underrated. One of my favorite poets. Consistently solid poetry with plenty of very deep, moving and powerful pieces. Has a way with words even better than most poets of his era.

Best Poem of Alfred Austin

A Last Request

Let not the roses lie
Too thickly tangled round my tomb,
Lest fleecy clouds that skim the summer sky,
Flinging their faint soft shadows, pass it by,
And know not over whom.

And let not footsteps come
Too frequent round that nook of rest;
Should I-who knoweth?-not be deaf, though dumb,
Bird's idle pipe, or bee's laborious hum,
Would suit me, listening, best.

And, pray you, do not hew
Words to provoke a smile or sneer;
But only carve-at least if they be true-
These simple words, or some such, and as few,
``He whom we loved lies here.''


Read the full of A Last Request

At His Grave

LEAVE me a little while alone,
Here at his grave that still is strown
With crumbling flower and wreath;
The laughing rivulet leaps and falls,
The thrush exults, the cuckoo calls,
And he lies hush’d beneath.

With myrtle cross and crown of rose,
And every lowlier flower that blows,

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