Thomas Hood

(1789-1845 / London / England)

Gold! - Poem by Thomas Hood

Gold! Gold! Gold! Gold!
Bright and yellow, hard and cold
Molten, graven, hammered and rolled,
Heavy to get and light to hold,
Hoarded, bartered, bought and sold,
Stolen, borrowed, squandered, doled,
Spurned by young, but hung by old
To the verge of a church yard mold;
Price of many a crime untold.
Gold! Gold! Gold! Gold!
Good or bad a thousand fold!
How widely it agencies vary,
To save - to ruin - to curse - to bless -
As even its minted coins express :
Now stamped with the image of Queen Bess,
And now of a bloody Mary.

Comments about Gold! by Thomas Hood

  • Susan Williams (5/31/2017 3:57:00 PM)

    Again he amazes me with the flow of his lines and those perfect rhymes - - I think it would do all writers good to start their day by reading a Thomas Hood poem. I enjoyed this romp through the usage of language and scorn of all that is shallow! (Report) Reply

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  • (3/11/2010 7:25:00 PM)

    C.A. Morrow...Thomas Hood was a most underrated poet, this poem is so emotionally contempary.....anyone that doesn't appreciate it's subtlety obviously has language difficulties (Report) Reply

  • (3/1/2010 8:19:00 AM)

    this poem really really really really really sucks! (Report) Reply

    Jake Wilson (8/23/2016 11:22:00 PM)

    im sorry you feel such a way toward an undeniably clever formation of word

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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