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Arthur Christopher Benson
Arthur Christopher Benson (24 April 1862 – 17 June 1925), British essayist, poet and author, was one of six children of Edward White Benson, a late nineteenth-century Archbishop of Canterbury. An uncle of the family was philosopher Henry Sidgwick. The Benson family were exceptionally literate and accomplished, but their history was somewhat tragic. A son and daughter died young, and another daughter, as well as A C himself, suffered badly from a mental condition that was probably manic-depressive psychosis, which they had inherited from their father. None of the children ever married. Despite his illness, A C was a distinguished academic and a most prolific author. He was associated with Eton College, and was Master of Magdalene College of Cambridge University. His poems and volumes of essays, such as From a College Window, were famous in his day, and he left one of the longest diaries ever written, some four million words. Today he is best remembered as the author of the words to one of Britain's best-loved patriotic songs, Land of Hope and Glory, and as a brother to novelist E. F. Benson.

the deserted village, a poem
 
 
Sweet Auburn! loveliest village of the plain,
Where health and plenty cheer'd the labouring swa... [read poem]
when lovely woman stoops to folly
 
 
When lovely woman stoops to folly,
And finds too late that men betray,
What charm can s... [read poem]
courage
 
 
I have been brave in my way,
Though men did not call me brave;
They deem that I creep ... [read poem]
retaliation: a poem
 
 
Of old, when Scarron his companions invited,
Each guest brought his dish, and the feast was uni... [read poem]
the rising village
 
 
Thou dear companion of my early years,
Partner of all my boyish hopes and fears,
To whom I... [read poem]
the traveller; or, a prospect of society
 
 
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But where to find that happiest spot below
Who can direct, when all prete... [read poem]
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