Frederic Herbert Trench (12 November 1865 - 11 June 1923) was an Irish poet.
He was born in Avonmore, County Cork, and educated at Haileybury and Keble College, Oxford. From 1891 he worked as an examiner for the Board of Education.
In 1908 an opera written by Joseph Holbrooke for Trench's poem Apollo and the Seaman was performed, under Thomas Beecham. Trench then moved into theatrical work for a few years, collaborating with his friend Thomas Evelyn Scott-Ellis, 8th Baron Howard de Walden. They put on The Blue Bird by Maeterlinck in 1909, and Ibsen's The Pretenders in 1913, at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. Afterwards, he spent time travelling. He died in Boulogne-sur-Mer.
Some other poems of his were set to music by Arnold Bax.
I stood on the Hill of Time when the sun was fled,
And my vision sought where to rest, till it knew the plains
O dreamy, gloomy, friendly Trees,
I came along your narrow track
To bring my gifts unto your knees
And gifts did you give back;
She comes not when Noon is on the roses-
Too bright is Day.
She comes not to the Soul till it reposes
From work and play.
Since I have given thee all my very heart,
Since I have staked so deep and dangerously
All that I have of hope till breath depart