Wilfrid Scawen Blunt
Wilfrid Scawen Blunt Poems
- A Dream Of Good To do some little good before I die; To wake...
- A Dream I dreamed A dream of you, Not as you seemed
- Laughter And Death THERE is no laughter in the natural world ...
- Gibraltar SEVEN weeks of sea, and twice seven days of storm ...
- St. Valentine's Day TO-DAY, all day, I rode upon the down, ...
- With Esther HE who has once been happy is for aye ...
- A Love Secret Love has its secrets, joy has its ...
Second son of Francis Blunt and born into an old Sussex family. When he was eighteen he entered the British diplomatic corps and he worked in Athens, Constantinople, Frankfort, Lisbon, Madrid, Paris and Argentina.
After his retirement in 1872 and his marriage to Anne Isabella Noel (the only known descendant of Lord Byron). They first met in Venice and he observed that 'she thought herself plainer than she was'.
Together with his wife he travelled on horseback through the Mid-East and lived in Cairo. Blunt opposed British rule in Egypt and was also in favor of Irish home rule. For the latter he even served a prison term.
Blunt had an affair with Jane Morris, ... more »
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A Dream Of Good
To do some little good before I die;
To wake some echoes to a loftier theme;
To spend my life's last store of industry
On thoughts less vain than Youth's discordant dream;
To endow the world's grief with some counter--scheme
Of logical hope which through all time should lighten
The burden of men's sorrow and redeem
Their faces' paleness from the tears that whiten;
To take my place in the world's brotherhood
As one prepared to suffer all its fate;
To do and be undone for sake of good,
And conquer rage by giving love for hate;
That were a noble dream, and ...