Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy Poems

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Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy
Born June 27, 1883, in Leeds, Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy was educated at Leeds Grammar Shool and Trinity College, Dublin, where he obtained a degree in classics and divinity in 1904. He then studied for the Anglican priesthood at Ripon Clergy College and went on to minister in Rugby and at St. Paul's, Worcester, in 1914. Volunteering as an army chaplain in World War I, Studdert Kennedy earned the nickname Woodbine Willy for his habit of giving Woodbine cigarettes to soldiers in distress. He served with the 46th, 24th, and 42nd Infantry Divisions and was awarded the Military Cross for risking his life to comfort the wounded at Messines Ridge. During the war Woodbine Willy wrote verses for soldiers in the trenches. Llewellyn H. Gwynne, Deputy Chaplain General in France, caused these verses to be printed for the army, among which they enjoyed popularity. Archbishop William Temple said that Studdert Kennedy was "the finest priest" he had known. He ministered at St. Edmund King and Martyr, Lombard Street, London, in 1922. He died on March 8, 1929, in Liverpool and is interred in Worcester. Leeds Parish Church, where his father was curate, has a chapel dedicated to his memory. Woodbine Willy's books of poems include: Rough Rhymes of a Padre. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1918. 1919/5/85 Cambridge University Library More Rough Rhymes of a Padre. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1919. 1919/5/168 Cambridge University Library Sorrows Of God, and Other Poems. 1924. Rhymes. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1929. 1929/7/3853 Cambridge University Library See the entry on Studdert Kennedy in The Dictionary of National Biography: Missing Persons, ed. C. S. Nicholls (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993): 647-48. Biographical information Given name: Geoffrey Anketell Family name: Studdert Kennedy Honorific: Reverend Birth date: 27 June 1883 Death date: 8 March 1929 Pseudonym: Woodbine Willy Nationality: English Family relations wife: Emily Studdert Kennedy Education Trinity College, Dublin to 1904 Ripon Clergy College Leeds Grammar School Religion: Anglican Honour: M.C. (Military Cross) Literary period: modern Occupation: Priest Buried at: Worcester

There's a soul in the Eternal,
Standing stiff before the King.
There's a little English ma... [read poem]
the rattling boy from dublin
I'm a rattling boy from Dublin town,
I courted a girl called Biddy Brown,
Her eyes th... [read poem]
the little match girl
It was biting cold, and the falling snow,
Which filled a poor little match girl's heart with wo... [read poem]
greenland's icy mountains
Greenland's icy mountains are fascinating and grand,
And wondrously created by the Almighty's c... [read poem]
jottings of new york: a descriptive poem
Oh mighty City of New York! you are wonderful to behold,
Your buildings are magnificent, the tr... [read poem]
descriptive jottings of london
As I stood upon London Bridge and viewed the mighty throng
Of thousands of people in cabs and '... [read poem]
the famous tay whale
'Twas in the month of December, and in the year 1883,
That a monster whale came to Dundee,... [read poem]
the burial of the rev. george gilfillan
On the Gilfillan burial day,
In the Hill o' Balgay,
It was a most solemn sight to see,... [read poem]
the tay bridge disaster
Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silv'ry Tay!
Alas! I am very sorry to say
That ninety live... [read poem]
an address to the rev. george gilfillan
All hail to the Rev. George Gilfillan of Dundee,
He is the greatest preacher I did ever hear or... [read poem]
attempted assassination of the queen
God prosper long our noble Queen,
And long may she reign!
Maclean he tried to shoot h... [read poem]
the battle of tel-el-kebir
Ye sons of Great Britain, come join with me,
And sing in praise of Sir Garnet Wolseley;
So... [read poem]
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