Henry King Poems

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Henry King
Henry King (1592 September 30, 1669), poet, son of a Bishop of London, was educated at Westminster School and Oxford. He entered the Church, and rose in 1642 to be Bishop of Chichester. The following year he was deprived during the English Civil War, but was reinstated at the Restoration. King wrote many elegies on Royal persons and on his private friends, who included John Donne and Ben Jonson. A selection from his Poems and Psalms was published in 1843.

when i was young and ignorant
 
 
When I was young and ignorant I loved a Miss McDougall,
Our days were spent in happiness, altho... [read poem]
the sands of dee
 
 
"O Mary, go and call the cattle home,
And call the cattle home,
And call the c... [read poem]
i had a hippopotamus
 
 
I had a hippopotamus; I kept him in a shed
And fed him upon vitamins and vegetable bread.
... [read poem]
battle song
 
 
There's havoc on the staircase where the guests come streaming,
Shirt-fronts shining and tiaras... [read poem]
exequy on his wife
 
 
Accept, thou shrine of my dead saint,
Instead of dirges, this complaint;
And for sweet flo... [read poem]
oh! that we two were maying
 
 
Oh! that we two were Maying
Down the stream of the soft spring breeze;
Like children with ... [read poem]
the three fishers
 
 
Three fishers went sailing away to the west,
Away to the west as the sun went down;
Ea... [read poem]
young and old
 
 
When all the world is young, lad,
And all the trees are green;
And every goose a swan,... [read poem]
i met a lady in the wood
 
 
I met a lady in the wood.
No mortal maid, I knew, was she;
She was no thing of flesh and... [read poem]
the exequy
 
 
Accept, thou shrine of my dead saint,
Instead of dirges, this complaint;
And for sweet flo... [read poem]
my love is theosophist
 
 
My love is a Theosophist
And reads the Ramayana;
Her luncheon is a pot of tea,
He... [read poem]
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