Sabine Baring-Gould Poems

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Sabine Baring-Gould
The Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould (28 January 1834 2 January 1924) was an English hagiographer, antiquarian, novelist and eclectic scholar. His bibliography lists more than 500 separate publications. His family home, Lewtrenchard Manor near Okehampton, Devon, has been preserved as he rebuilt it and is now a hotel. He is remembered particularly as a writer of hymns, the best-known being "Onward, Christian Soldiers" and "Now the Day Is Over", and the desk at which he wrote these hymns is still preserved at the hotel. He also translated the carol "Gabriel's Message" from Basque to English. His education at The King's School, Warwick lasted just a few months in 1846 - he caught whooping-cough and was ordered to go abroad for the sake of his health. He then went up to Cambridge earning the degrees of B.A. in 1857, then M.A. in 1860 from Clare College.

onward, christian soldiers
 
 
Onward, Christian soldiers,
Marching as to war,
With the Cross of Jesus
Going on ... [read poem]
pentecost
 
 
Better a jungle in the head
than rootless concrete.
Better to stand bewildered
by the... [read poem]
goats and monkeys
 
 
'...even now, an old black ram
is tupping your white ewe.'
-Othello
... [read poem]
woak hill
 
 
When sycamore leaves wer a-spreadèn
Green-ruddy in hedges,
Bezide the red doust... [read poem]
midsummer, tobago
 
 
Broad sun-stoned beaches.

White heat.
A green river.

A bridge,
scorc... [read poem]
from the estranging sea
 
 
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Why?
You want to know why?
Go down to the shacks then,
like shattered st... [read poem]
the prodigal, 3.ii
 
 
The tidal motion of refugees, not the flight of wild geese,
the faces in freight cars, haggard ... [read poem]
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