Ralph Hodgson

(9 September 1871 – 3 November 1962)

The Bells Of Heaven - Poem by Ralph Hodgson

'Twould ring the bells of Heaven
The wildest peal for years,
If Parson lost his senses
And people came to theirs,
And he and they together
Knelt down with angry prayers
For tamed and shabby tigers
And dancing dogs and bears,
And wretched, blind pit ponies,
And little hunted hares.

Comments about The Bells Of Heaven by Ralph Hodgson

  • John Beaton (8/28/2018 4:08:00 AM)

    So true. The humans go to heaven/ mere animals do not dichotomy of many religions breaks down at the interface. Animals are sentient creatures too. This little poem says it concisely. (Report)Reply

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  • (7/18/2018 10:27:00 AM)

    Breaks y heart. I must pass it on to my friends. (Report)Reply

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  • (5/31/2016 2:37:00 PM)

    I was so pleased to discover this poem; it was often recited to me by my mother, now long gone. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 19, 2010

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