Ralph Hodgson Poems
- The Bells Of Heaven 'Twould ring the bells of Heaven The ...
- The Gypsy Girl 'Come, try your skill, kind gentlemen, A ...
- The Bull See an old unhappy bull, Sick in soul and body ...
- Stupidity Street I saw with open eyes Singing birds sweet ...
- A Wood Song Now one and all, you Roses, Wake up, you lie ...
- After "How fared you when you mortal were? What did you see...
- Eve Eve, with her basket, was Deep in the bells and grass, ...
Order of the Rising Sun (Japanese 旭日章),was an English poet, very popular in his lifetime on the strength of a small number of anthology pieces, such as The Bull. He was one of the more 'pastoral' of the Georgian poets. In 1954, he was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.
He seems to have covered his tracks in relation to much of his life; he was averse to publicity. This has led to claims that he was reticent. Far from that being the case, his friend Walter De La Mare found him an almost exhausting talker; but he made a point of personal privacy. He kept up a copious correspondence with other poets and literary figures, including those he met in his time... more »
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The Bells Of Heaven
'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.