John Davidson

(11 April 1857 – 23 March 1909 / Barrhead, East Renfrewshire, Scotland)

John Davidson Poems

1. A Northern Suburb 5/21/2012
2. A Cinque Port 4/16/2010
3. London 4/16/2010
4. A Loafer 1/3/2003
5. Song 1/4/2003
6. A Runnable Stag 1/3/2003
7. Song Of A Train 1/3/2003
8. The Last Rose 1/4/2003
9. Battle 1/3/2003
10. Imagination 1/3/2003
11. Snow 1/3/2003
12. War Song 1/3/2003
13. Thirty Bob A Week 1/3/2003
14. In Romney Marsh 1/3/2003
15. A Ballad Of Hell 1/3/2003
Best Poem of John Davidson

A Ballad Of Hell

'A letter from my love to-day!
Oh, unexpected, dear appeal!'
She struck a happy tear away,
And broke the crimson seal.

'My love, there is no help on earth,
No help in heaven; the dead-man's bell
Must toll our wedding; our first hearth
Must be the well-paved floor of hell.'

The colour died from out her face,
Her eyes like ghostly candles shone;
She cast dread looks about the place,
Then clenched her teeth and read right on.

'I may not pass the prison door;
Here must I rot from day to day,
Unless I wed whom I abhor,
My cousin, Blanche of ...

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