The White Swan of Well

Here when the winds were soft, the faery swan
    Clear from the flood her ebon oars would shake,
    Would of her wings a snowy pillow make,
And back reclining, bid the breezes fan,
Then swiftly silent, as a Faery can,
    Pleased with her image, she her way would take,
    Her own sweet will her rudder, down the lake,
While on before, the courier ripples ran.
But if the summer scented breeze should fail
To fill with speed enough her delicate sail,
    Then would she drop into the wave an oar,
    And push indignant to the neighbour shore,
Here anchored in the lily beds would keep,
Until the truant breezes broke her sleep.



A Harvest Festival

At Wray

Betimes tonight the milkmaid fills her pail,
    Tonight the dairy bowls may gather cream,
    Early tonight the ploughmen loose their team,
The thrasher shuts the barn, & leaves his flail,
The miller too shall sooner stay his sail,
    And scantly shall the cottage tapers gleam.
    Then smock’d & glad of heart, the people stream
Up to the festal Church that crowns the vale.
Thro’ flower-deck’d doors of God’s own House they come
    Young, Old, Rich, Poor, the Master & the Hind,
    The Lord of Harvest praise with equal mind,
With equal voices shout the Harvest Home,
While from the wreathèd corn that twines above
The preacher tells God’s bounty, claims their love.

22 Sept. 1874



To a Robin

Thou full-eyed bird that /hauntest/singest/lovest/ daylight’s end
    And listening questionest the quiet ground
    Whether thy /evening/sunset/ meal may there be found
Thou dost the /lonely/weary/ gardener befriend
His rustling rake and hoe thou dost attend,
    And where the blackest mulberries abound
    Thou perching trillest out thy simple sound
And to his heart thy solacing canst send.
Say is it /sadness/sweetness/ that thy heart conceives
    From Autumn silence & from falling leaves
    That we, who know thee praise thy homely tongue.
Or is it, Robin, thou canst understand,
That legend sympathy that stayed the hand
    Kept thy warm eggs & spared thy speckled young?

Sept: 1874



“Sister Constance”

Sweet “Sister Constance”, would your life were mine?
    So purely fed, so consecrate to Rule,
    Then would no peevish fret, no foolish pule
Creep in a sour winter to my prime.
But yours, your life is ever Autumn time,
    Season of fruitful good, and quiet cool,
Your eyes are ever with your heart at school,
Your ears are mellow with the Vesper chime.
    Oh! hands of “pure religion undefiled,”
    That comfort age, & tend the sickly child,
Oh! hearts not ever shadowed with a doubt,
And doors that keep peace in & jarring out,
    Well may the warriors in the noisy strife
    Win through your prayers, & thank the cloistered life.

Kilburn. 1875



In Memoriam Lady Franklin

Buried in the Catacombs, Kensal Green

Yes, lay her here for she can pay the dues,
    Her voice was once a trumpet to the State
    So she shall rest behind this mouldy grate
And dry to dust within these charnel flues,
Not much to win & little more to lose!
    Vain show to vainer fashion dedicate!
    A little later shall rust eat her date,
And rude eyes longer win the question “whose?”
If with the coffin nails her name must fall,
Her honour with the worms that cease to crawl,
    She claims such pitiful indulgence then,
But better had her bones been laid to earth,
In that plain land that /blessed her hero’s birth/gave her lord his worth/
    Land of wide skies, wide acres, generous men.




Magdalen Meadows

Oh! how shall I sing of thy meadows surrounded,
    With trees and sweet waters, with flowers and birds,
The cuckoo that cried, or the squirrel that bounded,
    The belling of deer, the soft lowing of herds.

Tho’ to lands of new sight & strange growth you may travel
    May dig for rich treasure, you never shall know,
Such coral and silver of fish on the gravel
    Such trees shaking gold, in deep waters below.

The paths are mosaic, the pebbles are shining,
    Lights flicker and dance from cool arches of green
And the blue periwinkle like turquoise is turning
    And an emerald fretwork grows glancing between.

Hark, hark, how the air is athirst(?) with the singing,
    There is song from the branches, & song from the grass,
The mad merry bells a full message are swinging
    And the men laugh aloud, light of heart, as they pass.

Not a heart that is sad, not a face that is shewing
    The sickness of age, or the sadness of ruth,
Sweet Magdalen Meadows your charms are renewing
    I feel once again all the blessings of youth.




The Rooks in Magdalen Walk

Cheered by the voice of the mysterious spring
    They pull the buds to build their nests withal
    The blossom’d elm - & each to other call
Those gloss coat builders with wild jargoning
They, weary workers, know no rest of wing,
    From mists of morn to mists of evenfall.
    Plying their clamourous tasks about the Hall,
Their tasks made light of love’s imagining.
Is it wise things that they have understood
    The children’s picnic pleasure in the wood
    That build their bowers of green in fancy’s mood?
Or is great Love the leader of their quest
Love that can choose the Blossoms fittest, best,
    Love that compacts & crowns the swinging nest?



The Sabbath

Born of the bells thou sweetest day of seven
    Old ? hath the worn out drudge’s fee,
    Land unto land across a restless sea
Harmonious linking with high thought of heaven,
Thou too with holy sense of joy can leaven
    Those floating houses that in mid ocean be.
    Minding old days the sailor bends the knee
In tropic calm, through icy tempests driven.
    Come not in pomp from populous cities blown
    With noise of indistinguishable bells,
But rather where the grazing kine have known
    The restful message of thy Sabbath knells,
Where the grey Sexton’s use hath made his own
The chime that to the farms its’ simple summons tells.

Aug. 1874



Herring Fishing


The sun had flushed the red rocks into blood
    Had climbed and died beyond in utter pain,
    Upon his skirts hung fringed a drift of rain
And after soughed the sea in sullen mood.
A sad wind lours beneath the growing night
    From deepening valleys of the shrinking sea
    And flinging thunder at the foaming quay
Storms to the stars up yonder wooded height.
There in her grumbling chimney sits the crone
    And tells her tale of shipwreck oer & oer.
    The mother’s heart is cut upon the shore
She sings her cot-song in an undertone.
Hark! Hark! that hands rough rattle on the pane
    The herring fisher is safe home again.

1 Aug: 1873

N. B. Herring boats go out at sunset.



The Drought

June! and the doors of heaven are shut, no rain
    Falls to allay the universal thirst
    The flowers sickening die before they burst
And yellow death lies on the nice green plain.

No rain! not e’en a dew drop, while the Earth
    Pants, & the worm is shrivelled in the dust,
    The Chrysalis essays to pierce the crust
Of Earth, but fails, and finds a death in Birth.

Scorched all the meads, & all the springs are dried
    Where one time drank the mothers of the fold,
E’en the thirsty lambs long grown too old
    Noseling the once full udder are denied.

The water-snake that hails across the load
    Is seared, & hissing seeks some shady pool
    The crevice-hidden slug in search of cool
Is stung to madness in his new abode.

The corn that gave large promise in the spring
    Is yellowed ‘ere its growth attained an ear
    And all the land is stricken with the fear
Of famine & the woes that famines bring.

No rain! the birds with /unceasing/instinctive/ care
    Wearily seeking the accustomed food
    Can scarce find water for their callow brood
And feel no freshness in the fiery air.

Yet they despair not, but their voices pour
    In prayerful praise to Him who holds the rain
    Trusting he has not made them all in vain,
Knowing he ne’er deserted them before.

Uppingham. 11 June 1870



Sonnet on Chatterton

The fairest flowers soonest fade away
And fruits that grow to ripeness ere their time
Are often blasted by one treacherous rime,
All unexpected in the month of May.
E’en so fell blighted thy too brilliant day
For this cold world – Unhappy Chatterton!
Scarce had’st thou life, when lo! thy light was gone
And ceased the proud beginnings of thy lay
Oh! what awaited thy too precocious powers?
The fearful racking of thy youthful brain
Thy daily tasks – thy sleepless midnight hours
And search of musty records all were vain
When Pride stepped in & goaded thee to die
Rather than live in cruel beggary.

Uppingham. Aug: 1869

The first sonnet I ever wrote.



[English Prize verse]

Midnight is past – the pouring rain
  Drives hitting on the window pane
        The west wind fiercely blows;
No cats, or Tabby, black or white*
  Have left the warm hearthstones tonight
        To soil their dainty toes.

The rain has ceased; with sharp quick cries
  Around the house a swallow flies,
        And tells us dawn is here;
Then slowly from the dripping trees
  Voice answers voice, and by degrees
        Birds twitter everywhere.

Night’s mantle slips, and now again
  The south wind turns the steeple vane
        And light awhile is grey;
Then sudden in the dawning East
  A long cloud lights its rose flushed breast
        And ushers in Today.

Up rose the sun, and wondrous bright
  Bathed bluff Northampton’s hills in light
        Streamed up each opening vale
Peered through the triple window’d spire
  Set the school chapel all on fire
        And made the dawning pale.

But soon each tiny burning-glass
  That hung on tree, on bud, on grass
        Its spirit power would win;
And tired of catching solar rays
  Rises to Heaven in purple haze
        Like Eastern fabled Djinn.

It wraps from sight the distant wood
  Steals up the vale & o’er the flood,
        Where swimmers are at play,
Then passes by the cricket field,
  Where boys are met to win or yield,
        For ’tis a match today.

It fades, and leaden clouds on high,
  Portending thunder, fill the sky;
        Hush’d are the blackbirds songs,
The late-come swifts now skim the ground,
  To seek the gnats that there are found,
        In wavy buzzing throngs.

But see the long imprisoned sun,
  Bursts from amid the cloudlets dun,
        And bids the blackbirds sing;
Now snow-white fleecy clouds are seen
  Passing their mirage o’er the green,
        In shadows that they fling.

We stroll; the erst so dark green wheat
  Shines white & wan about our feet
        Washed by the heavy rains.
Corncrakes are busy in the grass
  And larks spring up as on we pass
        To carol evening strains.

Yon old green wall is bright with trails
  Of frosted silver, where the snails
        Have passed along, last night;
See this huge caterpillar track
  His way with undulating back,
        Now swollen, now slim and slight.

That nettle bed is all alive
  With hairy shapes that grow and thrive
         And die with wings at last.
Scarce said, as if to verify
  My words, a shattered butterfly
        An orange-tip flew past.

Then on through meads whose king-cups pour
  About our feet their golden store,
        The dust of fairy-land.
And may-flies rising as we walk
  With galaxy wings, from stalk to stalk
        Flit on – a lazy band.

We paused, ’neath chestnut trees, whose flowers
  Like cressets hung in faery bowers,
        Gleamed in the evening light;
When from the topmost boughs of all
  Two cuckoos flew, without a call
        Nor wishing us goodnight.

Here myriad emerald coated things,
  With tiny ever-sparkling wings
        Creep up each grassy blade
There lady-birds sit ruby bright
  And spiders, scarlet spots of light,
        Fleck here & there the shade.

Then Home – the Eastern sky’s aglow,
  Its huge clouds move majestic, slow,
        Illumined from the West;
But sudden all their glory flies,
  The life of light within them dies
        The sun has sunk to rest.

Uppingham. 1 June 1869

  • Alluding to the cats that prowl about the School House wall at night.


Early Autumn

  Mid August

Autumn is coming, quick the lime leaves fall,
And falling strew a carpet for her feet,
See to the dusty hedgerows straight she goes,
The blackbird hears her coming & is mute.
Then down she sits, the pink five petal’d flowers
That in or childhood, conjured happiest dreams
Fades into white & flutters to the ground,
She snatches at the bearded thistles near
And at a breath, she scatters to the air
A thousand wingéd messengers of down,
To fly & tell her           she is there.
Then with the silver bodkin, thus devised
And purple vetchlings with convolvulus
Enwreathed, she proudly decks her golden hair
While ever and anon to wile the time
She strings her armlets of crude blackberries
That grow to pink beneath her ripening hand.
Ay, and the grey-green sloes, and carelessly
She catches the white butterflies that pass
Poor silly things, telling their tiny loves,
And tried, to each blue harebell blowing round
She gives the tinkling of a silver voice
Then tunes them into concert with her own.
And sings—

Song of Autumn

I come to still the throstle’s note
    To see the cuckoo fly
To bid the robin’s ruddy throat
    Breathe rapt’rous melody.

I come to wrap the world in mist
    To gild the long green lands
To tell the harvest-man to twist
    His rope of oaten-strands.

I come to help the groaning wain
    Drag slowly home its store
To hear the flashing flail again
    Upon the threshing floor.

I come to watch the plaited snake
    Laborious cast its skin
And creeping noiseless from the brake
    A new garbed life begin.

I come to bid the ant take wings
    And hie him from his town
What tune the gay field-cricket sings
    And woods are flecked with brown.

I come to weave the spikéd furze
    With webs of silver fair
To scatter wavy gossamers
    Through the scarce breathing air.

I come to see the mallow creep
    The oak its acorn shed
The hawthorn tree its berries steep
    In dye of crimson red.

Thence to the golden tressed fields of corn
    She speeds; Lo! here she urges to their toll
The swarthy reapers / joying much to see
The hissing scythe lay in one moment low,
A whole year’s work of earth & sun & man /
While there she bids the honest spearers vie
In building up the quickly growing wain
Or, stooping, plucks a hairy poppy bud
From out the swathe that bleeds within her hand.
Next, to the still green woodland she repairs,
The fan-leaved chestnut views her as she comes,
Burst through their spiked mail the impatient fruits
And blush, like seedlings, of the sycamore
She plucks the clustering nuts & reckless robs
The grape tree of the humble cottager,
Then pointing, pauses at a grass choked spring
To wash her juice-sprent fingers, scarce arrived,
The willing water bubbles to the brim,
And drowning innocent forget me nots
Through long disuséd channels threads its way.
By now, the vetchlings & the wild convolvulus
Have faded, so she braids her loosened locks,
With crimson knots of silk from the wild briar,
And haw-berries all deftly interlaced.
Above her caw a clamorous cloud of rooks,
The hare hops by her harmless & unharmed,
The nut-brown partridge calls her strong wing’d brood
Around her feet nor dreams of coming woe
The squirrel spies & remembering hastes
To gather acorns for his winter store,
Up mounts the moon, full-orbed she lays her down
The woolly coated fox cubs frolicking
Play round her as she sleeps & in the morn,
The robin wakes her, singing from the spray.
She rising, bathed in golden light, the bloom
Mist made scarce sun-disperséd from her cheeks,
And stealing from the soft green lighted woods,
Hies to the garden of some lordly hall,
And orchards smiling with a bounteous hope.
Arrived, she, tapping at the humming hives
Whispers the brown-winged bees to bide at home.
Content with gotten treasure – and they bide –
Then shakes late roses, ruthless, to the ground,
And dulls the flames that ’ere her coming flared
Thence to the orchard passes, and the trees,
Well laden, bow in homage to the earth;
She twines and breaks the weather-rusted shreds
That long had held the pear tree to the wall,
Startling the swallow peering from its nest,
And leaves it swinging in the gentle breeze,
While amber treasures trembling as she nears
Quick from their leafy lurking-places drop.



Napoleon III

Now they proclaim him a traitor
    They who just chose him, their hero & lord
Hard to be bonded, yet easily parted
    Fickle and fitful, untrue to their word.

He, for long years, was your bulwark, ye knew it,
    Brand him, when fallen, a coward? Ye lie,
Boldly he staked on one throw, and he threw it,
    Bravely he lost, and his wish was to die.

Shame on you, France, while your sons called him craven
    They whose best thousands in battle he slew,
Wiped out the mark that your false tongues had graven,
    Gave to his desperate daring its due.

Told how, while words he had vauntingly spoken
    Rang in his ears all that terrible day,
Charged he with columns all reeling and broken,
    Strove, God forgive him, to fall in the fray.

Told how with tear in his eyes, while the sorrow
    For those who fell round him nigh frenzied his breast
He swore with, an oath unaccomplished, the morrow
    Should find him a victor or dead with the rest.

Better a captive to live where with pity
    Men will regard thee, thy foes though they be,
Than to return to that merciless city,
    Hooted and held in derision, but free.

Aye, though the eagles that fluttered above thee,
    Slain by the hands that once fed them, are dead,
Others there are that will grow up, and love thee,
    Younglings that feathered, will fly in their stead.

Sept: 1870



Loss of 'The Captain'

An angry wind in the half-furled shrouds
    Laughed loud with a fiendish glee
And a pitying moon through the storm rent clouds
    Looked down on a surging sea.

Slowly but surely the huge ship keeled
    So slow that the iron tongue
 Of the deck bell struck that one deep note pealed
   Then motionless, voiceless, hung.

A downward plunge like a wounded whale
    All sudden, unseen, scarce a scream,
Only the voice of the growling gale
    And the snort of the wave-choked steam.

A moment fraught with the bitterest throes
    Of death neath the ravenous wave
Another, five hundred spirits arose
    Each, from its watery grave.

One plunge, and five hundred mothers were left
    To weep for five hundred sons,
And a navy, queen of the seas was reft,
    Of her loudest thundering guns.

The sailor lad dreamed, as he swung in his sleep
    Of his home and his mother’s love
And he finished the dream ’twixt the restless deep
    And the shuddering stars above.

Down went the ship with her ghastly freight
    To the depths of a darker night
Nothing to show of her fearful fate
    But the loss of a lantern light.

Fathom on fathom, the huge hulk sank
    Like a guilty thing, while a sail
Or a splintered bar or a parted plank
    Sped up with its terrible tale.

Fathom on fathom, a shivering shock
    The snap of an iron mast
A clanging on chains on a wave worn rock
    And the dead are at rest at last.

There though all else be convulsed betide
    Pent up in their iron tomb
They’ll sleep side by side whatever betide
    In peace till the call of doom.

No yew trees shadow their bones as they lie
    But giant sea-ferns instead
And the finny sea monsters gather to pry
    Unscared at the fresh-come dead.

They fell not in fight, fury-flushed with the din
    Of the glorious battle cry
They heard but the roar as the waves rushed in
    And death was their victory.

Weep England, weep, thou mayest labour give
    Fresh voice to far greater guns
But never again to thy need will hie
    The least of thy silent sons.

         7 Sept: 1870


Passionate Grief

There’s autumn in the falling leaf
    And autumn in the songless dawn
There’s autumn in the sun-gilt sheaf
    And in the daisy starless lawn.

There’s autumn in the tedded hay
    And in the lush grown aftermath
In willow sallows waving grey
    And beechen mast upon the path.

There’s autumn in the nerveless wing
    Of life-enamoured butterflies
And autumn in the gathering
    Of restless swallows in the skies.

There’s autumn on this wold-born hill               /Halton/
    And in the mistful fen below
The air breathes autumn scent, but still
    No autumn comes upon my love.

Sept: 1871


To a Snail

Poor snail! from whom the nomad Scythian
Beneath the stars took lesson unawares,
No longer travelled homeless, but began
To sleep secure from heart invading cares,
It pleasures me to watch you graze a plant
With mild majestic motion, wondrous ease,
In miniature a howdah’d elephant
Turning and twisting wither ward you please
To view your silken-braided coat of mail
The crystal funnels of your shooting eyes
That feel the breath of roses all so frail
Each cautious nether-horn that hand-like tries
Where treachery lurks, and least mistrustful slides
Back to itself and hesitating hides.


Continued No. II

When now the sun, hid by a veil of rain
Itself had woven in the summer’s sky
Has peeped to view the gladdened green again
Abroad then little robber dost thou hie
For thou art proud and know’st thy rain-dewed shell
Burnished as Tritons then becomes thee well.
Wondering, I watch thee, a poor shattered thing
Building, God-taught thy spiralled house anew
Framing with nice exactness ring on ring
Nor till completed painting in each line
Poor snail man wars thee down, nor man alone
Oft loving have I traced where thou hast been
Walk’d on a silver pavement like a queen
And found thy house in ruin its owner gone.

Sept: 1871


In Memoriam

    E.M.R. and D.A. 14 Jan: 1872

Now five and twenty times the sound
    Of shuddering bells on Christmas morn
Had shook the ledge laid snow to ground
    Since Maiden Margaret was born.

And four & twenty springs had strown
    Their emerald dust upon the plain
And four & twenty autumns flown
    The myriad mills to crush the grain.

Then came a spring and when the thrush
    Had scarce ’gan whistle to the fen
And when from barren bush to bush
    Flits carolling the russet wren.

Oh! woe the day that it should come
    The merry Maiden Margaret
Felt love for other than her home
    Oh! joy deep mingled with regret.

She’ll never gather violets more
    Or fine flowers from the banks of Thame
Nor girlish come to ply the oar
    On Isis as she one time came.

The village maids will miss her smile
    The matrons shake their heads, and say,
“The times are hard and dear the while
    Maid Margaret abides away.”

And in the church grey tottering men
    Will sigh to see an empty chair
And wish they had not bided, when
    They went away, that happy pair.

Hast thou not seen the wilding vine
    Make doubly beautiful the tree
It clings to, such a lot is thine
    So cling and make him worthy thee.

To be more worthy, were to bring
    An angel back to earthly state
But being worthy, let him fling
    His strong arm round his tender mate.

And towards her love’s assistance bend
    To climb the stair way of the years
And hand in hand unto the end
   To joy her joy, to weep her tears.

3 Feb: 1872

[Note added by MJ Allen - E.M.R. is Emily Margaret Rawnsley, one of Hardwicke’s older sisters. D. A. is D. Arden, her fiancé. They married on 23 April 1872.]


‘A wasted life is like a wreck that lies’

A wasted life is like a wreck that lies
Half sunk in sands of fearful solitude
As ’twere the ribs of some huge shore-washed whale
That once plunged master of the mighty storm
But driven by that strange ocean river came
From realms Hyperborean and from seas
Rough with their steel blue mounds of hillocked ice
And sickening in these southern latitudes
And summer simmering seas forgot its strength
And helpless drove upon these sandy shoals
And lashing anger felt the cruel tide
Forsake its slimy sand-bespotted bulk,
And all the tortures of the high noon sun,
So gaping died the prey of pigmy men,
Who, soon as death had dimmed the giants’ eyes,
Clomb hand in hand the mountain of warm flesh,
And with mock bravery, piercing thro’ the depths
Of fatness, struck the mammoth’s purple heart,
And laughed to see the red tide flush the sand,
Or, doubting if the brute might still relax
The stiffening sinews of the death-wide jaws,
Bade their rough dames and wondering children walk
Into the mighty bone-fenced mouth, and take
Clusters of clinging tangle and sea shells
To deck their house shelves as memorials.

July 1872



The Invitation to the Wedding

Shepherds today your flock may wander wide
    To other fountains and to other ferns
Fling each his hand bright hazel crook aside
                    They will return.

Ye ploughmen leave your dew-drenched horses free
    And give a second Sabbath to your team
Let their hoofs gather rust nor care to see
                  The furrow gleam.

Hide reapers hide your sickles in the corn
    Last night the poppies slept not sick for dread,
But bid them flash their banner to this morn
                  A deeper red.

Ho! fishers drag your weary boats ashore
    Through their old sides the sun shall seam(?) a way
Your babes shall handle the bread-winning oar
                  Mock men today.

Ye ships that in your pride come whitely winging
Round by the harvest, midway up the steep
Soon as ye hear the marriage bells a ringing
                                   All shorewards keep.

Old men creep down and mumbling blessings smile
And aged dames remember and be glad
Ye lovers envying mich away the while
                                   And maids be sad.

And, children, if a bride-crown ye must weave
Yet weave it all of lilies that pure flower
Starred the green dusk and lit for happy eve
                                  Her bridal bower.

For better wreaths the clematis shall twine
Laced by the thousand busy gossamers
And underneath these silver nets shall shine
                                  Fresh flowering furze.

Nor strew a painted pavement for the bride
The thyme a living path of scent hath blown
To keep her way their arms on either side
                                 The brambles thrown.

May such a sun as warms the gentian’s throat
Fling vale & upland to a winking haze
And such an air be stirring as may float
                                  The thistle faze.

May grasshoppers unnumbered minstrelsies
Harmonious make a trill at eve the lea
And chasing each his shadow butterflies
                                  Wing out to sea.

Sing man & maid & let your voices swell
The lark’s cloud song, the robins from the spray
Shout silence from the hill bid echo tell
                                                   The Holiday.


Buried on New Year’s Day 1876 /At Plumtree/

F. E. B.

Lay her upon the threshold of the year
Beneath its roundling Portals they who throng
Shall gaze & pass in weariness along
Or touch with hands of sympathy the bier.
The children have their earliest violets here
The sick take some small comfort & the strong
A little thought – And they who move among
Our petty discords peacefulness & cheer
And we – not all – who when this year has ended
Shall stand beside the next year’s opening door
Must know each other’s face & way is changed
But find her still & peaceful as before
And says: “She is but sleeping, first to make
The next world dearer for a lost friend’s sake.”

Halton Jan 4th


Lady Augusta Stanley

Wife of the Dean of Westminster, buried in Henry VII’s Chapel. 9 March 1876

“Feet to the lame & eyes unto the blind”!
To us who grope in learning’s mist & pray
That Christ will touch our eyes with healing clay
To those who in dark alleys crawled & pined.
True loyal woman, generous sovereign mind
Our eyes for tears are doubly dimmed today
As in the Royal treasure-house we lay
The chains that did thine eagle spirit bind.
Thy name shall most endearingly survive
Where Queens may pause, knights wonder, poets weep
Lie with the poor about thy sleep, and give
The nations abbey one more trust to keep.
Thine eyes are clearer, thou has passed the door
We are but children – love us evermore

15 March 1876



Died 25 July 1877. Buried at Welton 31 July. Aged 19 Years

Gone, & we fain would go! a broken heart
Sobs out the wish to bear thee company.
Great God of love and loss & agony,
Shew us the good, and we can bear the smart.
Was she too frail to bear the fever’s dart?
Too old to glad a mother’s fostering knee?
Too sad to enter into girlhood’s glee?
Too little loved to pain us as we part?
Nay – none of these – for she was lithe & strong
The love for mother, as in grace, had grown.
She led the laugh from morn till evensong
And shared our tears, at parting, with her own.
But unto Minnie only, was it given
The Virgin strength and youth to enter Heaven.

[Minnie Walls. Mention of her death in Catherine’s 1877-1882 diary, RR/1/6, p. 10.]



To a Robin

Bright bleeding breasted bird, great benison
Be thine! for I am sick at heart, & thou
Whilom thou singest from yon mist-black bough
Strikest a kindred heart-string, so sing on
This slumbrous silent dark September day
Were death but for thy presence. Thou disarmest
The fen-flown fog of chill, and tuneful charmest
The curious speckle-throat to join thy lay.
Men say that when on Calvary Christ died
Thou too wast there, thy voice in pain He heard
And blest thee, who in grief poor fluttering bird
Did’st after strive to staunch His bleeding side
Wherefore we harm thee not, and thou dost cheer
With song perpetual the livelong year.

Halton. Sept: 1871



To the West Wind

(from Clifton Down)

Magician wind, from off the western sea
Charming such health from yonder ?
Setting more? sail upon the timorous? wood
Flashing with brown the oak, with gold the lea.
Sending the sunshine streaming in the tree
Blowing to human hearts the thrush’s mood
Making men smile to feel the old Earth good
And scattering thro’ the air the wild lark’s glee.
Breathe through the Hawthorns of this happy down
Break all their pearls to starry fragrances
Make the green distance frown & laugh & frown
Pile high in heaven spring snow white palaces
Beat back its song into the blackbird’s face
And blow my love that sailed back to her love’s embrace.

Clifton College. 2 June 1877



Christmas Day at Halton 1874

Ring out old bells, where in the frost ye hang
Shake your glad tidings thro’ the dusky bars
There no stir abroad this morn that mars
Your music, oh, ring it as one time rang
The Heavenly Chorus when the planets sang
And sons of morning shouted to the stars
When the rough shepherd’s joy came unawares
To Mary smiling from her last birth pang.
Still as the years return the stars rejoice
The angels shout ye too must add your voice
To speed from tower to tower across the fen
The tale of Peace on Earth, good will to men
For unto us this day a son is given
Love breaks the bonds of Law & makes Earth Heaven.

Caythorpe 1874



In Memoriam

On seeing the monument to Sir John Franklin* on the morning of Lady Franklin’s funeral.

Quiet, and cold, and white as frozen snow!
Well has the master’s cunning hand expres’t
The honours on that honourable breast
The speaking eye, the calm command of brow.
Ah! if those eyes could weep, they would weep now!
Today we carry to a well-earned rest
One who hath need, not any more, of quest
Whose love out championed her marriage vow.
She needs no tomb, her monument shall be
The ancient bergs, that mound the Northern Sea,
And when to summer waters melting slip
Those giant crystals that enshrine thy ship
The men that sail where thou & thine do sleep
Shall tell her love more lasting, & as deep.

H.D.R. 23 July 1875

  • (Monument by Noble in Westminster Abbey)


A Valentine to the Lady Alice

Soothed with the murmur of the wind,
    The music of the grove,
Henceforth no maid can charm my mind,
    No woman’s lips sing love.
But Lady! then I did not know
The songs that from your dear lips flow.

Filled with the strength of rock & wood,
    Of the unceasing stream,
I said, no strength of womanhood
    So loveable can seem.
But Lady! then I did not know,
The strength you lend to things below.

The sun leapt forth, the hills were glad,
    Heaven frowned, the hills were grieved,
No face, when I was joyed or sad
    Such light and shade received.
But Lady! then I did not know
What sympathy your looks can show.

Shy mosses climb about the Croft,
    Dews fall, doves light around
Where can a woman’s ways so soft
    So gently sweet be found?
But Lady! then I did not know
Your hand, or hear your footsteps low.

I watched the pearl upon the flower,
    To mist, for blossoms break,
What Lady’s heart would melt an hour,
    For fellow mortal’s sake?
But Lady! then I did not know
To your unbending what we owe.

I saw the Pansies greyly blue,
    The speedwell bluely grey,
No woman’s eye can please with hue
    Or rest as much as they.
But Lady! then I did not know
That in your eyes the Heartsease grow.

The lake showed mountains far apart
   The sarn(?) brought near the sky
In what girl’s face was ever heart
    Shewn close, so faithfully?
But Lady! then I did not know
How true of soul your face can glow.

And since clear song, strength, sympathy,
    Soft ways, unselfishness,
True eyes, a face of honesty,
    One mortal may possess,
And you possess them, Lady, know
You are my Queen of Queens from now.

Uppingham. H.D.R. 1878


  A Valentine to Sir Herbert

Since you have never loved aright,
    Or loved to well awrong,
Sir Valentine, the lusty knight
    To yours this whole day long.

And thus he speaks, “To cure your ill,
    Unto a chemist take
And beg in powder or in pill
    These doses he will make.

One ounce of “Concentrated care
    For someone but yourself,”
One drachm of, “Wishes not to share
    The honours of the shelf.”

One ounce of, “Carefulness to find
    That women are not Joys,”
One drachm of, “Faith in female mind,
    Their power of sharing joys.”

One scruple add of, “Sympathy
    With maiden daintiness,”
Their Knowledge of the reason why
    The saying No or Yes.

One ounce of “Pride that will refuse
    To be by woman caught,”
But two of “Knowledge to amuse,
    Yet help by wit and thought.”

Six drachms of “Earnestness of life”
    One drachm of “Solitude”
Then Herbert, you may find a wife,
    And stick to her for good.

Uppingham. H.DR. 1878



Died April 26th 1880

Aye, leave him here, with the primroses above him,
He was so gentle and brave to the end;
Hands may not hold him now, hearts still may love him,
Eyes cannot see him but life call him friend.

Too little Earth, too much Heaven to be with us
More need to stay with us, less need to go
What! have we here so much pure light of day with us,
So little pain! we would still wish it so.

Quite old enough to know world ways were cruel,
Too young to feel how love helps and makes sweet,
His simple honour, affections clear jewel
Hung round a neck where the mothers hands meet.

Patient, unselfish his shield whitely shining
Bearing the name of the goodliest King
So for our sake he has gone unrepining
Down the deep vale where no echoes can ring.

How shall we honour him, how shall we render
Thanks to the boy whose so soon sheathed his sword?
Strive to be simpler, affectionate, tender,
Battle with selfishness, live for the Lord.

To leave him here in the stillest of places
Where the wold melts to the sea girdled fen
And while the tear drop is still on our faces
Let all our hearts sob an earnest amen.




(On the death of an infant. Thought suggested by a letter of Bp: Leighton to his brother-in-law)

And is indeed the pretty darling dead?
Nay! ? upon an angel’s breast
And put to sleep, where sleep is always best
His cot the grave, to wake in Heaven instead.
A little earlier he went to bed
As infants should, babes need a longer rest
While we, shame on us, are not yet undressed
But sit up idling, till the morn is red.
Red judgment morn! Dear child, we follow on
But we have much to do before we sleep
We needs must doff superfluous dress & don
The one white garment of repentance deep
That Death, who comes our flickering lamp to take
May find us quite composed to rest for Jesus’ sake.

HDR 14 Aug: 1879


A Wedding Sonnet

The wedding morn, at rising of the sun
I found two points of most translucent dew
Hung on a gossamer – a light wind blew
The gems slipt swift and silent into one
A larger world was mirrored thereupon
A stronger sun in liquid diamond grew
Up /from my feet /through the web/ a lark with singing flew
The dew drops fell the melody went on.
? of two souls, I cried, that worlds apart
Feel life’s thread tremble, for the end is near
Touched by love’s breath, to splendid oneness start
Give back more sunlight from a larger sphere.
Then pass, the song lives on, for Heaven above
Joys that sad earth has somewhere found true love.

H.D.R. 21 September 1880

The Bride

A reminiscence

With belted squire and shag-haired serving men
*Bernicia’s princely lords come there to see
**Was then St Wilfrid and the holy three
Who blessed this altar in Northampton’s fen
Beneath the bells, with sheepskin and rude pen
Careless of cause, forgetful of the fee
***The Witenagemot sitting did agree
That love was Robber royal, now as then
The Saxon porch n’er lifted prouder head
Than when it welcomed Alice to the door
For round her neck was hung by hands of poor
A memory-chain of kind things done and said
And passing up the silent Norman floor
She heard rich blessing from the holy dead.

HDR 21 Sept 80

* Bernack so called after King of Bernicia.
**St Wilfrid built the church & ? dedicated his churches to the same(?) saints.
***Witenagemot held their meetings under the Belfry tower.



The Stars on the Wedding Night

Through Galileo’s tube I looked to see
What stars burned o’er thy happy wedding night
So, Jupiter with his attendants bright
Shone in the south above the myrtle tree
Nor distant far, as close as worlds may be
Bowing obeisance Saturn wheeled in sight
An orb of sunshine, zoned about with light
Fit emblem, brother, of thy love and thee.
Oh! if refigured in September’s skies
I saw thee with thy bright eyed bridal train
Then faded dim before the glad surprise
Of thou two lives that shining one are twain.
Let bridal trains be dedicate to Jove
So Saturn shine, the type of wedded love.

HDR 21 Sept 1880


A Grandmother’s Dream

It was my own son’s son I thought to see
His arms outstretched, inviting me to play
And I, forgetful that my hairs were grey
Reached out, and took the lad upon my knee.
Such pure(?) blue eyes, such pretty coving glee
I could have kissed his dimpled cheek away
I strove to toss him, but a voice said “Nay,
“He is too lusty grown for such as thee.”
And then, I do remember, in my dream
How all the weight and sorrow of my years
Broke loose & down on his astonied cheek
Fell hot. But though the innocent could not speak
He looked such sweet reproach, my heart did seem
Quite reconciled, and half ashamed of tears.

HDR 17 May 1881


St Mary’s Church

When I remember how my spirits’ case
Is /as a/a most/ fitting garment newly made
Each morrow, and to mend what is decayed
How close the shuttles of the flesh must race
So this my soul’s enshrining. Then thy place
Seems fitly chosen. Mammon may invade
But thy great heart for Heaven walled in by trace
Beats close to the world for press of space
Swift go the wheels within the sounding walls
To weave what one day’s vacuity will soil
But thou great loom a higher task dost ply
Thy Hallelujahs enter to those halls
Thy organ notes make glad pale industry
Thy prayers come up & mix with poor men’s toil.

H.D.R. 21 June 1881


The Czar

Murdered March 1881

Black Ides of March when murder baffled long
    Right through the hands of Gods strong keeping broke
    And slew the victim with a double stroke
Of villainous spite as mad as it was strong
Is such the thanks that to the man belong
    Who smotes from off his peoples neck the yoke
    And while his hills still smelt of Battle smoke
Sowed seeds of peace & strove to right the wrong.
Dread Ides of March! The bursting of that bomb
    Was heard through Europe like as stubble flame
    Heart spreads to heart best fire of fiercest shame
    Wolves howl, the eagles cry, and ghouls of war
    Wring their red hands, above the murdered Czar
And Princes meet and tremble round his Tomb.



Clouds at Night Moving to the Sea

In April

Move to the sea in sable plumed might
    Ye silent guardians of the tender green
    In greater majesty ye march /so/thus/ seen
Ye whose bright cohorts filled the day with light
And as ye melt in yonder sea tonight
    Whisper the waves what blessings ye have been
    Tell of the gentle rains with sun between
Speak of the dewy flowers ye did delight
    How modest in your march how kind ye are
    What memories of goodness must ye have
Ye will not blot from /man/heaven/ a single star
    See bright Bootes leans upon your grave
Rocked to /short/your/ /sleep/rest/ ye shall arise again
    Led by tomorrow’s sun with freshness for the plain.

Sept 1874 HDR



Season of silent morn and quiet noon
    Of cloudless skies, and mellow purple eves
    That bids the stacker build the flying sheaves
And hears the thatcher hum the harvest-tune
Loud rookeries clamour, doves do frequent croon
    /The/Gay/ Robin whistles from the yellow leaves
    The old earth rests awhile ere she conceives
And pleasant dews do fall her rest to boon
Thy sober days were framed for sober fun
    The maids /trip nutting/go tripping/ to the hazel lawn
In the grey dell doth rouse the loitering dawn
    The huntsman halloa and the echoing gun
And /in/from/ the barn where /loud the platters ring/they sit suppering/
    Their harvest-home, the jolly ploughmen sing.

HDR 8 October 1874


Noel’s First Birthday

Thro’ what a strange vicissitude of sense
    Our little darling has obtained to wear
    The garland of his first completed year,
To add unto his crown of innocence!
With glad anticipation, half pretence,
    His first articulate infant words we hear,
    And watch the tiny traveller persevere
From chair to chair, across his rooms immense.
Pure as his infant heart the snow may fall,
    To justify the name our Baby-King
Bears, & shall hear; but we, who with parade
    In miniature, do keep his festival,
Feel that no winter can put back the Spring,
    His sunny life within our souls has made.

HDR 14 Dec: 1881


 Dean Stanley

His Work

Led by a painter’s hand, a poet’s lyre
Came Canaan? close – we saw in Sychar’s plain
The thirsting Saviour – wept with her of Nain,
And knelt with Paul /upon the sands/among the rocks/ of Tyre
Again Gomorrah’s clouds were flushed with fire
Old Abram’s tents were black in Mamre’s plain
The prophets spake, the Judges ruled again,
And Aaron echoed to the temple choir.
Not figures wove in faded tapestries
But men of human frailty, God-like aims,
Breathed from the Hebrew lines his hands unrolled
Beneath our half-forgetful western skies
Did Sinai thunder, and the tongues of flame
Flashed, and men felt the God that moved of old.



Christmas with Him

To-day we kept His birth who came to save!
    Old men and maids and Babes that crowd in arms,
    Stepped gladly at the gay bells loud alarms
Up towards the Church. A well-remembered stave
Of some Christ-carol filled the fragrant nave,
    Thou didst not enter, and the music’s charms
    Turned all to tears, then back unto the farms
The sad folk moved and left thee in thy grave.
Nay left thee not, for thou wast still the guest
Of those who piled the logs or sat at meat,
    Thy presence though the earthy doors oerhead
Were shut and sealed came forth, thy gracious feet
Passed all the thresholds blessing them and blest,
And Xmas-day was holier for the Dead.

H.D.R. Xmas Dec 1882


Christmas without Him

I never knew the sorrowing that dwells
    Within an incommunicable sound,
    Until I caught from those five Churches round
The merry noise of well-contented bells
That bore old Bethlehem’s story to the Fells
    And/listening/sunny/ moon-lit mountains for thy surround
    Was too far deep and too far underground,
Thou couldst not hear those merry Christmas shells.
Yet I remembered thou had lived’st thy time
    Nor fallen on sleep this thine accustomed ear
 – Framed for that higher music men call Heaven –
Had need of no Repeated Annual Chime
    To bid thee think of Christ who year by year
    Found in thy gentle heart a cradle newly given.

HDR Xmas 1882


Alas for The Yews of Borrowdale

Broken by the gales of Dec 11th 1883

Ill could he spare the trees St Patrick knew
    When first for Christ to these rude bales he spoke
    And better for had fallen the Rydal oak
Or Time’s blest hollow monument the Yew
Which stands in sight of Wetherlam: Ah few
    The souls who then had felt the tempests stroke
    So many bonds about the heart had broke
Had I wept so many memories from view
For to this grove in storm by fragments hurled
    And Glaramara down the centuries seen
    Awe and mute prayer and love & mystery throng
And since our Wordsworth murmured out his song
The dark four pillared vault of evergreen
    Was temple for the music of the world.

The Patrick’s Dale in Patterdale Yew which went over in the same storm Dec 11 1883.


A Farewell to Thomas Fawcett? of Wray on his Leaving for South Africa April 24th 1884. He had ? as Church Warden for upwards of 30 years during his life in the Wray district

Ye leave the milk white house that tops the hill,
    Haply no more to hear the sea-like sound,
    The larches roar on Latha’s burial mound,
No more to watch the ? sleek kine at their will
Drink of cool Blelham’s sedgy cup, but still,
    Where’er brave hearts! in future years bound
    One memory in your /heart/breast/ will sure be found
Of those sweet English fields your hands did till
And if at all beneath the burning skies
Where ploughshares dazzle and the ground is brass
Ye sigh to hear the babbling brooks of Wray
Run through the daffodils, in breadths of grass
Christ’s love shall lead your souls a pleasant way
His fountains in your deserts shall arise.

HD Rawnsley



When the strong soul of Nature’s human mood
Bends to the will and takes the lover’s hand
Then out of roseate cliff and hoary strand
Springs habitable home from clouds that brood
The torrent leaps with benison, the wood
Climbs up with soft caresses, tall trees stand
With tutelary grace, from wonderland
Come fruit and flowers to bless the solitude.

But surely they with angels lived & loved
And knew ? ? of Heaven’s tranquility
Who planned this demi-Eden, set this lawn
High o’er the silver neon-silent sea
Their eyes had looked beyond our common dawn
And here on earth their Paradise they proved.

H.D.R. 10 Sept: 1888


To My Father

At Glenthorne

Show, where art thou, and I am here forlorn
    Here where the purple moorland in its pride
    Links with a pomp of woods toward the tide
? paradise, a vision born
Of sudden breath from some enchanter’s horn
    Too fain to last so thou art at my side
    And hand in hand by intricate paths we glide
Swift to the welcoming gateways of Glenthorne.

Oh! happy hanging gardens where the springs
    Not ever fail, deep peacefulness is thine
        About thy lawns love calls from earth and sea
With such a spiritual power as brings
   Between the blossoming aloes and the pine
        The dear dear dead once more to visit thee.

H.D.R. 10 Sept 1888


In Memoriam

Sophy Elmhurst

Go to the grave, and tell her we have met
    Bid her come forth, and smile once more once more
    But alas! the deep earth, & the fast-closed door
And the green grass with tears not dew drops wet.
Dear Soul whose laughing eyes were ever set
    To fill the dark with light, to make the store
    Of simple kindness for the rich and poor
A crown of joy, thou hast thy coronet.
And we who stand and sorrow without words
    Because are more of those who this life’s span
        /Made earth more sweet/Brightened the earth/ has passed beyond recall
We say she once was ours – she is the Lord’s
    She whom the poet sang of – Lilian –
        Sings now in Heaven & smiles upon us all.

HDR Oct 1889



In Memory of Prof. Lushington

   Or the Bute Hall 26 March 1885

God don ? immortals even as he
    Who high uplifted o’er the foolish crowd
    Most calm most practical & with meek head bowed
Waits for no silence in the boisterous sea
Of mirth inopportune and ill tuned glee
    But breathes out all his gentle thought aloud
    And from behind his mind’s mysterious cloud
Waits us return but scatters sunlight free.

Pleads with men thy ? was divine
    When like the doves that circling cannot rest
    Thy words went fluttering forth, for then such grace
Shone through thy cloud of hair with heavenly shine
That careless noise and clamour was impressed
They heard no sound – they saw an angel’s face.




[Although a few of the poems were written in the late 1860s and the 1880s, most are dated during the 1870s when Hardwicke was at University in Oxford, followed by a short stint as a social worker in London, then two years as a curate in Bristol. To view the full text of a poem, click on its title below.]

The White Swan of Well

A Harvest Festival

To a Robin

“Sister Constance”

In Memoriam: Lady Franklin

Magdalen Meadows

The Rooks in Magdalen Walk

The Sabbath

Herring Fishing

The Drought

Sonnet on Chatterton


Early Autumn

Napoleon III

Loss of ‘The Captain’

Passionate Grief

To a Snail

To a Snail: Continued No. II

In Memoriam: E.M.R. and D.A. 14 Jan. 1872

‘A wasted life is like a wreck that lies’

The Invitation to the Wedding

Buried on New Year’s Day 1876/At Plumtree/F.E.B.

Lady Augusta Stanley


To a Robin

To the West Wind

Christmas Day at Halton 1874

In Memoriam: On Seeing the Monument to Sir John Franklin on the Morning of Lady Franklin’s Funeral

A Valentine to the Lady Alice

A Valentine to Sir Herbert



A Wedding Sonnet

The Bride

The Stars on the Wedding Night

A Grandmother’s Dream

St. Mary’s Church

The Czar

Clouds at Night Moving to the Sea


Noel’s First Birthday

Dean Stanley: His Work

Christmas With Him

Christmas Without Him

Alas for the Yews of Borrowdale

A Farewell to Thomas Fawcett of Wray on His Leaving for South Africa


To My Father

In Memoriam: Sophy Elmhurst

In Memory of Prof. Lushington


Globe, 31 July 1915, p. 8

The Mechanical Muse – Turning Out Poems of the Great War. Someone has said that no single line of real poetry ever dies. Even the gem in the mass of ineptitude is saved from the destruction that must inevitably wait upon the whole. The spheres ring sweet to many a voice without a name, to many a stave the song of which none can place. There is a lesson in this—that the poet should write only when moved by an inspiration, and not merely by his own confidence in himself as a servant to the Muse. Not only is the poet born and not made; he is a spasmodic individual, being a great singer of songs for a day or so, and then a mere man for month son end. His general mistake is that he imagines himself a poet always.

The war is now to blame. It has been a terrible temptation to our minor poets. Doubtless Canon Rawnsley would have written a poem or two when the Muses piped in his ear, and nothing more; but the rumbling of the guns was too much for him. His morning paper always bore an epic, and the evening paper a sonnet. He could not read of a Voctoria Cross won without being fired to a fine frenzy; and then a confiding publisher gave him enough rope to hang a dozen writers of rhymes.

Canon Rawnsley has first of all made the mistake of believing that the sonnet form is suited to warrior themes. Most decidedly it is not. It is the proper vehicle for Phyllis and Corydon, for frisking lambs and green leaves, but its adoption for the clash of arms and the circumstance of war as much the same effect as would the loading of a hundred-ton gun on a wagon tared for a ton. In any case, few writers nowadays can handle the sonnet form adequately. It passed with the Victorian era. It is the mould into which young ladies were taught to pour their sentimental fancies. It is the “reach-me-down” of poetry.

This is no promising introduction to a good statement, and there are many really good things in the book; but that is the fact. Canon Rawnsley at times shows a pretty trick of narrative verse, as in “A Modern Horatius”:

Ah! many deeds were done that day,
    But braver never sure was done
Than his who kept the foe at bay
    Against a thousand one.

Still do they praise in Roman song
    How Cocles fought and died of old,
Let this Horatius live as long
    His as long be told.

I imagine the Muse must have been leaning very closely over Canon Rawnsley’s shoulder when he wrote this:

“Lords and ladies all in waiting,
    Rise within your tents of green,
Spring is coming, birds are mating,
    Rise and bow before your Queen.

The sonnet to Rupert Brooke is one of the best things in the book. Here for once, is the subject suited to its treatment:

For never since upon his golden quest
    To Lemnos Jason with his Argo came
        And Orpheus sang the maidens back to
Has sweeter singer on this isle found rest
        Than he who warrior-poet died to prove
    The patriot’s inextinguishable flame.

Western Daily Press, 2 August 1915, p. 7

Under the title “The European War 1914-1915: Poems,” Canon Rawnsley publishes about a hundred and fifty short poems. They have mostly appeared in different newspapers and all owe their inspiration to various incidents of the war. Indeed, they comprise something like a history in poetry of the leading events to date. The canon is certainly dowered with the poetic gift, and he has now no lack of fit subjects for his muse. Courage is his constant theme; he sings dirges over the fallen, and is moved to indignant sorrow by the woes of the martyred, and to scorn and defiance of their insolent persecutors. Sometimes it is a trench song, sometimes a general’s praise, sometimes a V.C. story. He hails “Max, Burgomaster of Brussels,” tells about Rheims Cathedral, sings of the “Men of H.M.S. Hawke,” and lays a wreath of poesy on the grave of “2nd Lieutenant W. G. C. Gladstone, M.P.” Indeed, Canon Rawnsley bids fair to become, in England, the poet of the war. And over all his pieces there plays the light of Christian faith and hope, as becomes the poet who is also a Christian preacher.

 Aberdeen Press and Journal

The Jubilee – A Retrospect, 16 April 1887, p. 8.

At Harlaw, July 24, 1914, 25 July 1914, p. 6.



The Laureate Dead, (November 1892).

The Master of Balliol: A Memory, 64 (7 October 1893, p. 294.

‘O aged head! O never aging face,’ (circa. October 1893).

In Memoriam: Lady Tennyson, 50 (22 August 1896), p. 130.


Animal’s Guardian

The End, circa March 1910.


Army and Navy Gazette

The Unforgotten Dead: To the Memory of Capt. Hamilton, Lieut. Wyness-Stuart, Hitchin, Sept. 6; and Lieut. Bettington, Wolvercote, Sept. 10, 5 October 1912, p. 2.



A Ballad of Port Blair, 5 (March 1892), pp. 332-333.

Well Done, ‘Calliope’!, 6 (November 1892), pp. 130-131.


Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette

The Anniversary of the Coronation, 13 August 1903, p. 6.


Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine

In Praise of Vulcan: 1 – The Forth Bridge, 147 (March 1890), p. 429.

In Praise of Vulcan: — The Eiffel Tower, 147 (March 1890), p. 429.

Leaving Aldworth: October 11th, 1892, 152 (November 1892), p. 768.


Bognor Regis Observer

An Incident of the Floods in Picton Street, 19 December 1894, p. 7.


Boston Guardian

St. Botolph’s Tower. The Sexcentenary of Boston Church, 19 June 1909.


Bournemouth Graphic

The War-Worn Horses Appeal, 13 April 1917, p. 5.


Bradford Daily Telegraph

The Spirit of Gordon, 6 September 1898, p. 2.


British Review

To the Heroes of the Antarctic, II (April 1913), pp. 80-84.

Sonnets of War, 8 (October 1914), pp. 87-93.

Sonnets of the War: Second Series, 8 (October 1914), pp. 285-290.

In a Harvest Field, 9 (January 1915), p. 83.

A Contrast, 9 (January 1915), p. 83.


Burnley News

‘When this wild storm of war is overblown,’ 22 March 1916, p. 6.


Carlisle Diocesan Magazine

Dean Oakley, 1 (September 1890, p. 37.

Canon Liddon, 1 (November 1890), p. 69.

In Memoriam: The Most Rev. William Connor Magee, D.D., Archbishop of York, 1 (May 1891), p. 182.


Carlisle Journal

Sea Gulls at St. Bees, 25 March 1887, p. 6.

April with Rain – A Sequel, 20 May 1887, p. 6.

July at the Lakes, 5 August 1887, p. 6.

‘Tenderly down the hill we bore them,’ 23 February 1900, p. 6.

At the Funeral of Chancellor Ferguson: Stanwix, March 7th, 9 March 1900, p. 6.

To England and America: A New Year’s Greeting, 3 January 1902, p. 6.

Skating on Derwentwater. Monday, February 17th, 1902, 7 March 1902, p. 6.

A Christmas Message, 26 December 1902, p. 6.

Keswick Old Folks’ “Do,” New Year’s Eve, 1902, 2 January 1903, p. 6.

The Delhi Durbar, 13 January 1903, p. 6.

Colonel Henderson, 13 March 1903, p. 6.

Blencathra Sanatorium: The Cry of the Poor Consumptives, 1 May 1903, p. 5.

The Anniversary of the Coronation, 14 August 1903, p. 6.

T’Auld Fwoks’ Cursmas “Do”, Keswick, December 30, 1903, 1 January 1904, p. 3.

The King Dead, 13 May 1910, p. 6.

At the Wellington Pit Mouth, 20 May 1910, p. 6.

The King’s Funeral: A Retrospect, 24 May 1910, p. 4.

T’Auld Fwoks’ Kessick Do – Cursmas, 1913, 2 January 1914, p. 5.

The New Year, 2 January 1914, p. 8.

La Giaconda, 6 January 1914, p. 6.

In Memory of Lord Strathcona, 30 January 1914, p. 8.

March, 6 March 1914, p. 8.

The Birth of a County Borough: Carlisle, April 1st, 1914, 3 April 1914, p. 8.

The Promise of May, 5 May 1914, p. 6.

In Memoriam: Silvester Horne, M.P., 12 May 1914, p. 6.

Maytide in Italy, 5 June 1914, p. 8.

A Call to Arms, 8 September 1914, p. 6.

“Fort en Loyaltie”, 10 November 1914, p. 4.

St. Paul’s: November 19, 1914, 24 November 1914, p. 6.

At Whitby Abbey – December 16th, 22 December 1914, p. 6.

Hoo Jossy Went to T’War, 1 January 1915, p. 7.

The Day of Intercession, 5 January 1915, p. 6.

The New Year, 8 January 1915, p. 8.

February, 5 February 1915, p. 8.

The Cross of Valour, 26 February 1915, p. 8.

At the Funeral of Archdeacon Sherwen, 12 March 1915, p. 8.

Springtime and War, 6 April 1915, p. 6.

The King’s Example, 13 April 1915, p. 6.

May Day, 11 May 1915, p. 6.

The Call of May, 1 June 1915, p. 6.

July, 6 July 1915, p. 6.

The Boy Sentry of Ypres, 13 August 1915, p. 8.

A Scottish V.C., 24 August 1915, p. 6.

To Bulgaria: The Earthquake’s Warning, 8 October 1915, p. 8.

In Memoriam: Captain Andrew Ferguson Chance, 12 October 1915, p. 6.

Lieutenant Forshaw’s Gallant Deed, 29 October 1915, p. 8.

Britain’s Call to the Colours, 9 November 1915, p. 6.

‘Not for vainglorious boast or mock parade,’ 3 December 1915, p. 7.

Peace on Earth, 24 December 1915, p. 8.

The New Year, 7 January 1916, p. 8.

“Ubi Aves, Ubi Angeli”, 4 February 1916, p. 8.

The Coming of Spring, 7 March 1916, p. 6.

In Memoriam: Acting-Lieutenant Courtenay Tennyson, 21 March 1916, p. 6.

A Plea for Song in War-Time, 25 August 1916, p. 6.

Tribute to Keswick Heroes, 8 September 1916, p. 7.

In Memoriam: Stanley Theodore Carr, 13 October 1916, p. 7.

To Venezelos, 13 October 1916, p. 8.

Oor Lad Wha Nobbut Cooms I’ Dreams, 29 December 1916, p. 7.

Going Home, 5 January 1917, p. 8.

Munition Girls, 25 December 1917, p. 2.

Comin’ Yham T’ Front, 28 December 1917, p. 7.

The Two Springs, 30 April 1918, p. 2.

The Advent of Peace, 12 November 1918, p. 5.

A Welcome to President Wilson, 31 December 1918, p. 7.

Peace at Last, 31 December 1918, p. 8.

An Appeal, 3 October 1919, p. 7.

A Voice in the Silence: Armistice Day, 1919, 18 November 1919, p. 4.

Christmas Day, 26 December 1919, p. 7.

In Vienna, 30 December 1919, p. 4.

Oor Jack he cam’ fra ower t’ sea, 30 December 1920, p. 6.


Carlisle Patriot

The Workhouse Nurse, 3 December 1897, p. 6.



Death, the Angel Friend, 69 (February 1905), p. 576.

Senator Hoar, 72 (July 1906), p. 379.


Chester Chronicle

In Memory of Lieut. W.G.C. Gladstone, M.P., April 13th, 1915, 15 May 1915, p. 2.


Christian World Pulpit

To England and America, 49 (1 January 1896), p. 11.

In Memory of Edna Lyall, 63 (25 February 1903), pp. 125-126.


Church Monthly

The Choosing of Mathias, 3 (circa. January 1891).


Church of England Pulpit and Ecclesiastical Review

The Dying Charger, 49 (26 May 1900), p. 252.


Cornhill Magazine

The Ballad of the Cleopatra, 11 (August 1888), pp. 151-156.

The Bitter Cry of Brer Rabbit, 18 (May 1892), pp. 541-543.



In Memoriam: Lady Tennyson, 27 August 1896, p. 4.

The End, 24 March 1910, p. 3.



Westminster Abbey, 12 (25 January 1890), p. 46.

To Liddon, 14 (11 October 1890), p. 184.

John Greenleaf Whittier, 21 (23 June 1894), p. 422.


Crosthwaite Parish Magazine

Seascale Memories, (August 1884).

A Royal Wedding: July 23, 1885, (August 1885).

Church and State, (December 1885).

The Old Folks Dinner, (February 1886).

In Memoriam: M. S. Rooke. Obiit March 26, 1886, (March 1886).

In Memoriam, John Richardson, the Cumberland Poet and Village Schoolmaster, Obiit St. John’s Vale, April 30, 1886, (June 1886).

August in the Keswick Vale, (August 1886).

Ripon Millenary Festival, (September 1886).

In Memoriam: September 9, 1886, (October 1886). [Poem on the death of Edward Rathbone]

In Memoriam: September 9, 1886, (October 1886). [Poem on the death of Spencer Bell].

November at the Lakes, (November 1886).

So Songolo: The Crosthwaite Boy on Lake Nyasa, (December 1886).

1887, (January 1887).

The Old Parish Church, (February 1887).

Crosthwaite Churchyard, (My 1887).

The Jubilee – A Retrospect, (June 1887).

On Hearing a Sermon by the Rev. Phillip Brooks, (August 1887).

Jubilee Bonfires: Prospect, (September 1887).

Jubilee Bonfires: Retrospect, (September 1887).

The Letter of Frederick III to Prince Bismarck, (April 1888).

Life thro’ Death: St. Helen’s Colliery Explosion, Thursday, April 19th, 1888, (May 1888).

On the Leaving of John Sharpe Ostle after Five Years Faithful Service, (November 1888).

New Year Joy, (January 1889).

Ned Brown: Killed at His Post, Thornthwaite Mines, January 8th, (February 1889).

To Lord Tennyson: On His Eightieth Birthday, August 6th, 1889, (September 1889).

In Memoriam: Horatius Bonar D.D., (October 1889).

To the Rev. W. Colville on His Leaving Keswick, (November 1889).

In Memoriam: Margaret Mitchell, (January 1890).

St. Kentigern’s Spinners Song, (February 1890).

A Memory, (March 1890).

‘Merry little maidens, oh!’, (June 1890).

In Memoriam: William Peel, (July 1890).

The Fell Shepherd: Death, (August 1890).

Cardinal Newman, (September 1890).

Canon Liddon: Buried at St. Paul’s, September 16th, 1890, (October 1890).

Village Naturalist, (December 1890).

‘O, good New Year, we clasp,’ (January 1891).

To the Memory of Robert Grave, (February 1891),

In Memoriam: Joseph Hawell, (April 1891).

The Cuckoo at Lucerne, (May 1891).

In Memoriam: Archbishop Magee, (June 1891).

‘First cleanly be, and last be clean as well,’ (July 1891).

In Memoriam: Alice Lietch, Died at Derwent Bank, July 13th, 1891, (August 1891).

In Memoriam: Henry Irwin Jenkinson, August 28th, 1891, (September 1891).

At the Bishop’s Grave, (January 1892).

The Dead Prince, January 14th, 1892, (February 1892).

The Crown of Tears. St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, 20th January, 1892, (March 1892).

The First Swallow, (May 1892).

The Laureate Dead, (November 1892).

In Memory of the Old Folks Passed Away, (January 1893).

In Memoriam: Joe Cape, the Clogger, (March 1893).

In Memoriam: Robert Slack, (October 1893).

The Master of Balliol: A Memory, (November 1893).

‘We ask for those unresting thousands, rest,’ (May 1894).

Thirlmere: Loss and Gain, (November 1894).

The New Year, (January 1895).

Heavenly Glory and Earth’s Peace, (April 1895).

On Hearing of the Death of Alice Grisdale, (June 1895).

In Memoriam: Henry Hewetson, (July 1895).

To the Memory of Martha Harrison, (August 1895).

A Welcome to the Kaiser at Dunmail Raise, (September 1895).

To the Memory of Bishop Chauncy Maples, (November 1895).

To England and America, (January 1896).

A New Year’s Greetings, (January 1896).

At the Funeral of Prince Henry of Battenberg, 5th February, 1896, (March 1896).

To the Honour of Trooper Frank William Baxter, (May 1896).

Archdeacon Cooper: In Memoriam, (August 1896).

In Memory of September 23, 1896, (October 1896).

Archbishop Benson, (November 1896).

Sonnet Written for the Opening of the “Victoria” Working Men’s Reading Room, Keswick, November 28th, 1896, (December 1896).

A New Year’s Greeting, (January 1897).

In Memory of Acting Consul-General Phillips, (February 1897).

In Memoriam: Frank C. Crossley, (April 1897).

In Memoriam: Charles Gore Ring, Medical Officer of Health for Keswick. Died in Crosthwaite Church, Easter Morning, 1897, During Service, (May 1897).

In Grateful Memory of John Fisher Crosthwaite, died June 2nd, 1897, (July 1897).

To the Elders of the Church in Europe, (August 1897).

A Song of Life, (November 1897).

The Workhouse Nurse, (December 1897).

We Keep Christ’s Day in Cumberland, (January 1898).

A Spring Song at the Lakes, (February 1898).

The Blackbird Dead, (April 1898).

To America, (May 1898).

In Memoriam: Funeral of William Ewart Gladstone, May 28th, 1898, (June 1898).

Home from Italy, (July 1898).

The Railway Heroes, (August 1898).

The Tsar’s Manifesto, (September 1898).

The Empress of Austria: In Memoriam, (October 1898).

To the Sirdar – A Welcome Home, (November 1898).

The New Year’s Hope, (January 1899).

The Peace Conference, (February 1899).

To John Ruskin: On His 80th Birthday, 8th February 1899, (March 1899).

To Victoria – A Birthday Greeting: 24th May, 1899, (June 1899).

Home from Lombardy, (July 1899).

The Khalifa Dead! Om Debriket – Nov. 23, (December 1899).

John Ruskin, (February 1900).

St. George’s Day, April 23rd, 1900, (May 1900).

In Memory of the Vicar of St. John’s, Keswick, 1st May, 1901, (May 1901).

To Mrs Hoare: On Her Leaving St. John’s Parsonage, 26th June, 1901, (July 1901).

To All Who Helped, (September 1901).

In Memory of Ann Cockbain, November 14th, 1901, (December 1901).

Rhodes Dead, (April 1902).

The Angel-Whisper, Peace, (June 1902).

The Crowning of the King, August 9th, 1902, (September 1902).

Brandelhow, October 16 1902, (November 1902).

The New Year, (January 1903).

In Memory of Edna Lyall: Bournemouth, 8th February, 1903, (March 1903).

Lord Salisbury: In Memoriam, August 22nd, 1903, (September 1903).

The Cry of Macedonia, (November 1903).

Bishop Muldoon. At the Burning Theatre, Chicago, 30th December, 1903, (January 1904).

Liao-Yang, Sept. 1st, 1904, (September 1904).

At the Bishop’s Grave, Raughtonhead, (October 1904).

In Memory of a Slack, Derwent Hill, Oct., 24th, (November 1904).

The New Year, (January 1905).

Red Sunday in St. Petersburg, January 22nd, (February 1905).

Mark Cockbain, laid to rest in Crosthwaite Churchyard, Feb. 15th, 1905, (March 1905).

Jupiter and Venus: March 1905, (April 1905).

Dawn in Greece and Cumberland, (May 1905).

Empire Day, (June 1905).

To Admiral Togo. Tsu-shina, May 27-28, 1905, (July 1905).

In Memory of Mary Jane Lowe, 27th July, 1905, (August 1905).

To the Mikado. Portsmouth, USA, 29th August, 1905, (September 1905.

The Anglo-Japanese Treaty, (October 1905).

Nelson’s Last Prayer, October 21st, 1905, (November 1905).

The Queen’s Appeal, Nov. 13th, (December 1905).

The New Year, (January 1906).

A Crosthwaite Belfry Song, (February 1906).

The Double Choir, (March 1906).

The Chiff-Chaff, (May 1906).

Sir Wilfrid Lawson: Obiit July 1, 1906, (August 1906).

At Yew Crag, Gowbarrow Fell, (September 1906).

The New Year, 1907, (January 1907).

In Memoriam: J. R. Anderson. Died at Glasgow, March 26th, (April 1907).

In Memoriam: T. E. Highton, Entered Rest Saturday, June 15th, 1907, (July 1907).

At a Picture Exhibition, (August 1907).

On Laying the Foundation Stone of the New Church at Plumpton, All Saints’ Day, 1907, (November 1907).

On Memory of the Bell-Master – Stephen Hogarth, (December 1907).

In Memoriam – W. D. Clewdon, Jan. 13th, 1908, (February 1908).

In Memory of Lizzie Renshaw. Who Entered Rest 14th March, 1908, Aged 87, (April 1908).

The Sorrow of Skelghyll, (May 1908).

In a Vicarage Garden, (June 1908).

The Pan-Anglican Congress, (July 1908).

The Children’s Day at Seascale, (August 1908).

In Memoriam – Rosellen Eliza Favell, Obiit., 13th August, 1908, aetat. 83, (September 1908).

The Spider’s Message, (October 1908).

In Grateful Memory of Geoffrey Payne (Aged 23 years). Who Fell Asleep at Keswick 5th October, 1908, (November 1908).

Milton, 1608-1908, (December 1908).

New Year’s Day, (January 1909).

In Memory of Mary Cockbain, (February 1909).

“Old Charlie”, (March 1909).

Charles Algernon Swinburne, (May 1909).

To My Friends Mr. and Mrs. Henry Walker, on their Diamond Wedding Day, June 7th, 1909, (July 1909).

In Memory of the Tennyson Centenary at Somersby, August 5th, 1909, (September 1909).

An Incident of the Adana Massacre: The Martyrs of Missis, (October 1909).

Dawn in the Abbey Precincts, Carlisle, (November 1909).

The New Year, 1912, (January 1912.

In Memory of Lord Carlisle: Lanercost, January 14th, 1912, (February 1912).

In Honour of Charles Dickens: February 7th, 1912, (March 1912).

Birds and the Coal Strike, 1912, (April 1912).

The Music of Hope: In Memory of the Bandsmen of the Titanic, (May 1912).

Home from Lucerne, (July 1912).

Conscience the Founder, (August 1912).

Octavia Hill: August 13th, 1912, (August 1912).

General Booth: Congress Hall, Clapton, 26th August, 1912, (August 1912).

A September Day – Latrigg, (October 1912).

A Voice from Santa Sophia, (November 1912).

The Two Angels, (December 1912).

Freedom’s Spring-Tide, (December 1912).

Tribute to Keswick Heroes, (September 1916).


Cumberland and Westmorland Herald

Christmas in Crete, 1898, 31 December 1898, p. 7.

In Memory of William Wilson, Keswick Hotel, 8th Oct., 1900, 13 October 1900, p. 5.

The Secret of Old Age, 28 December 1901, p. 5.

At the Declaring Open of the Brandelhow Estate by H.R.H. Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, October 16th, 1902, 18 October 1902, p. 5.

Keswick Old Folks’ “Do,” New Year’s Eve, 1902, 3 January 1903, p. 1.

T’Auld Fwoks’ Kursmas “Do.” In Memory of Irwin Jenkinson, 31 December 1910, p. 1.

Auld Ganny’s Cursmas Teal, 30 December 1911, p. 1.

Daily Chronicle

Poem, 11 March 1897.


Daily Gazette for Middlesborough

‘Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,’ 12 September 1896, p. 3.

Schacee, the Brave, 12 September 1896, p. 3.

Here’s to Kitchener, 30 November 1898, p. 2.

After the Battle, 8 December 1899, p. 3.


Daily News and Leader (following a merger between London Daily News and The Leader)

To the Heroes of the Terra Nova, 12 February 1913, p. 6.



‘O aged head! O never aging face,’ 15 (1 November 1893), p. 253.

The Master of Balliol: A Memory, 15 (1 November 1893), p. 253.

Poet’s Death-Chamber, 15 (1 November 1893), p. 253.

John Greenleaf Whittier, 15 (1 November 1893), p. 267.

Born in Our Monster Babylon, 24 (1 March 1898), p. 156.


Dundee Evening Telegraph

The Cry of the Poor Consumptives, 19 October 1903, p. 3.


Durham County Advertiser

The Spirit of Gordon, 9 September 1898, p. 3.


English Lakes Visitor and Keswick Guardian

In Memoriam: Thomas Dundas Hartford-Battersby, 28 July 1883 p. 5.

Some Good friends have said the parson’s a sinner, 29 December 1883, p. 4.

Old last year’s friends brought together, 29 December 1883, p. 5.  [Poem with Edith Rawnsley]

A Happy Death, 16 February 1884, p. 5.

‘Blind was the storm, from wild Atlantic brought’, English Lakes Visitor and Keswick Guardian, 21 June 1884, p. 5.

Now from the sacred grove of Borrowdale, 21 June 1884, p. 5.

Ill could we spare the Tree St. Patrick knew, 21 June 1884, p. 5.

T’Ald Fwoake’s Dinner, 3 January 1885, p. 4.

Once more, from hall and cottage home, we meet, 2 January 1886, p. 5.

In Memoriam. W. E. Forster. Obiit April 5, 24 April 1886, p. 5.

In Memoriam, John Richardson, the Cumberland Poet and Village Schoolmaster, Obiit St. John’s Vale, April 30, 1886, 8 May 1886, p. 5.

For Rich or Poor or High or Low, 31 December 1887, p. 4.

To My Colleague John Sharpe Ostle, On Leaving the Parish and Church of St. Kentigern, Crosthwaite, after Five Years Faithful Friendship and Service, 3 November 1888, p. 5.

Poet Browning’s Funeral: Westminster Abbey, Dec. 31, 4 January 1890, p. 5.

St. Kentigern’s Spinners Song, 25 January 1890, p. 4.

To Sister Rose Gertrude, 15 February 1890, p. 4.

‘Merry little maidens, oh!’, 3 May 1890, p. 5.

In Memoriam: William Peel. Killed at Bassenthwaite Station by the Excursion Train, July 11th, 14 June 1890, p. 5.

Village Naturalist, 22 November 1890, p. 4.

The Choosing of Mathias, 31 January 1891, p. 5.

Joseph Hawell, 28 March 1891, p. 5.

In Memoriam: Henry Irwin Jenkinson, August 28th, 1891, 5 September 1891, p. 4.

The Undoing of De Harcla: A Ballad of Cumberland, 26 December 1891, p. 5.

A Traveller’s Tale, 2 January 1892, p. 5.

In Memoriam: Mrs Attlee, Who Died in Mission Work on Mount Olivet, February, 1892, 20 February 1892, p. 5.

Death of Miss Walker of Portinscale, 22 October 1892, p. 5.

In Memory of the Old Folks Passed Away, 31 December 1892, p. 5.

To Sir John Harwood, 13 October 1894, p. 5.

To the Promoters and Builders of the Thirlmere Waterworks, 13 October 1894, p. 5.

To the Workmen, 13 October 1894, p. 5.

Thirlmere: Loss and Gain, 13 October 1894, p. 5.

The Rhyme of the Keswick Old Folks’ Dinner, 28 December 1895, p. 4.

‘Not to make smooth the pathway to the grave,’ 4 March 1899, p. 5.

‘Lord have me! Help me! Unafraid,’ 13 May 1899, p. 5.

French Justice and God’s Truth, 16 September 1899, p. 4.

The Leonids and Ladysmith, 18 November 1899, p. 5.

A Hero of Belmont: November 23, 1899, 2 December 1899, p. 5.

War and the Old Folks’ Creed, 30 December 1899, p. 5.

A Man of Straw at Ladysmith, 30 December 1899, p. 5.

At William Unwin’s Grave, Crosthwaite, Jan. 11th, 13 January 1900, p. 4.

‘She gave us more than gold could buy,’ 13 January 1900, p. 5.

To the Men of the Border Regiment, Cumberland Sends Thanks and Greetings for 1900, 20 January 1900, p. 5.

At Ruskin’s Grave: On His Birthday, February 8, 10 February 1900, p. 4.

The Dying Charger, 26 May 1900, p. 5.

In Memory of William Wilson, Keswick Hotel, 8th Oct., 1900, 13 October 1900, p. 5.

At the Last Old Folks’ “Do” of the Century, 29 December 1900, p. 4.

Keswick Old Folks’ “Do,” New Year’s Eve, 1902, 3 January 1903, p. 5.

T’ Keswick Auld Fwokes’ Do, 1905, 30 December 1905, p. 5.

The Double Choir: To My Old Friend, Mr. P. T. Freeman, 3 February 1906, p. 5.

Sir Wilfrid Lawson: Obiit July 1, 1906, 7 July 1906, p. 4.

Old Mary’s Secret, 29 December 1906, p. 4.

‘Here, at the entrance of the street,’ 25 April 1908, p. 8.

A Keswick Voter, Christmas 1909, 1 January 1910, p. 5.

T’Auld Fwoks’ Kursmas “Do”, 31 December 1910, p. 8.


English Review

To Great Britain, 18 (November 1914), p. 403.


Fife Free Press and Kirkcaldy Guardian

In Memory of the Men of H.M.S. ‘Tiger’: April 2, 1908, 11 April 1908, p. 6.

The End, 19 March 1910, p. 3.


Gloucester Citizen

‘Tenderly down the hill we bore them,’ 22 February 1900, p. 3.


Gloucester Journal

In the Choir of Gloucester Cathedral: 9 June, 15 June 1918, p. 3.


Good Words

In Memoriam—Horatius Bonar D.D.: Died August 7th, 1889, 30 (October 1889), p. 695.

An Old Conspiracy, 31 (February 1890), p. 117.


Hamilton Herald and Lanarkshire Weekly News

In Memoriam: Principal Rainy, 29 December 1906, p. 8.


Hampshire Telegraph

New Year, 4 January 1908, p. 10.


Hull Daily Mail

General Booth: Congress Hall, Clapton, 26th August, 1912, 28 August 1912, p. 3.

A Prayer for Recruits, 12 September 1914, p. 3.


Journal of the Fell and Rock Climbing Club

In the Abbey Precincts, Carlisle, Dawn, 1 (1909), p. 252.


Lakes Herald

‘Now let the ocean wanderers, going free,’ 5 January 1894, p. 4.

The Children are Singing in Kendal Town, 3 May 1895, p. 4.

The Miss Armitt Memorial Trust, 15 November 1912, p. 8.


Lancashire Evening Post

The Spirit of Gordon: A Sonnet on Omdurman, 2 September 1898, p. 9.

In Memoriam, V.R.I, 24 January 1901, p. 4.

Love Triumphant. Buffalo, September 6th, 1901, 16 September 1901, p. 4.

The Bereaved Premier: To a Statesman (Bereaved August 30th, 1906), 3 September 1906, p. 2.

In Honour of Private James Miller, V.C., 14 September 1916, p. 4.

The Ideal Speaker, 24 February 1919, p. 4.

To the May Queen of Keswick, 7 May 1920, p. 3.


Liverpool Echo

Captain Noel Godfrey Chavasse, V.C., R.A.M.C., Died of Wounds in France, August, 1917, 15 August 1917, p. 3.


Living Age

In Praise of Vulcan: 1 — The Forth Bridge, 185 (19 April 1890, p. 130.

In Praise of Vulcan: II — The Eiffel Tower, 185 (19 April 1890, p. 130.

Spring the Beloved, 187 (25 October 1890), p. 706.

Leaving Home, 187 (25 October 1890), p. 194.

Village Naturalist, 187 (20 December 1890), p. 706.

The Laureate Dead, 195 (17 December 1892), p. 706.

In Memoriam: Lady Tennyson, 210 (26 September 1896), p. 770.

Belgium, 284 (30 January 1915), p. 258.

To Great Britain, 284 (20 February 1915), p. 450.


London Daily News

King Alfred the Great, 19 March 1898, p. 6.

On, Lads, On!, 14 April 1898, p. 2.

In Honour of Peart and Dean, 27 July 1898, p. 6.

French Justice and God’s Truth, 12 September 1899, p. 6.

To Sir Redvers Buller: A Welcome Home, 10 November 1900, p. 3.

The Angel-Whisper, Peace, 26 May 1902, p. 6.

The Cry of the Avon Banks, 1 October 1904, p. 6.

The Dreamers of Peace, 23 August 1905, p. 7.

Christmas, 1905, 25 December 1905, p. 6.

In Memory of W. B. H.: A Social Reformer, 21 February 1906, p. 6.

Christmas Day, 1907, 25 December 1907, p. 4.

At the Wellington Pit Mouth, 18 May 1910, p. 6.

The Music of Hope: In Memory of the Bandsmen of the Titanic, 27 April 1912, p. 6.


Lowestoft Journal

The Spirit of Gordon, 10 September 1898, p. 7.

The Queen’s Memorial. Plea for a National Valhalla, 9 March 1901, p. 8.

A New Year’s Sonnet. The Tide of Love, 1904, 9 January 1904, p. 8.


Macmillan’s Magazine

Father Damien, 60 (July 1889), p. 182.

To Lord Tennyson: On His Eightieth Birthday, August 6th, 1889, 60 (August 1889), p. 293.

The Wreck of the ‘Ocean Queen.’ To the Heroes of Colwyn Bay, November 7th, 1890. 63 (January 1891), pp. 189-191.


Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser

‘Jourbet is dead! Far off the whisper ran,’ 7 April 1900, p. 15.

Welcome to Sir Alfred Milner, 24 May 1901, p. 8.


Manchester Evening News

Lord Roberts: In Memoriam, 17 November 1914, p. 7.

‘Children, when you plant your tree,’ 18 March 1915, p. 6.


Manchester Times

‘I am the mistress of the post,’ 30 March 1900, p. 14.


Maryport Advertiser

‘I, in a tranquil May-tide’s afterglow,’ 3 June 1905, p. 6.


Mid Sussex Times

An Incident of the Flood in Picton Street, 18 December 1894, p. 2.


Middlesex and Surrey Express

Harassed Horses, 8 January 1900, p. 3.


Millom Gazette

I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes to the Hills, 31 March 1904, p. 7.

The Battle of Tsu-Shima, May 27-28, 1905, 12 April 1906, p. 5.

A Cumberland War Song, 18 September 1914, p. 7.


Morning Post

Welcome to Sir Alfred Milner, 24 May 1901, p. 4,


Murray’s Magazine

John Bright, 5 (May 1889), p. 660.

The Poet’s Home-Going, 7 (February 1890), pp. 145-150.

A Welcome to Stanley, 7 (June 1890), pp. 734-741.


Nature Notes

The Mavis and the Merle, 1 (April 1890), p. 49.

The Starling, 1 (May 1890), p. 72.

Village Naturalist, 1 (December 1890), p. 188.

The Waking of the Birds, 2 (15 May 1891), p. 84.

The First Swallow, 3 (May 1892), p. 92.

My Feathered Lady, 4 (December 1893), pp. 225-227.

My Friend the Starling, 5 (May 1894), p. 89.

When Spring and the Throstle Come Back from the Sea, 6 (April 1895), p. 66.

‘Must Foyers fail, its thunders sound no more,’ 6 (October 1895), pp. 190-191.

Noble Sport, 7 (December 1896), p. 256.

The Royal Buck-Hounds, 8 (January 1897), p. 11.

The Pigeons’ Sanctuary, 8 (March 1897), p. 52.

To London’s Heart: An Appeal for the Churchyard Bottom Wood, Highgate, 8 (April 1897), p. 74.

The Chiffchaff’s Message, 8 (June 1897), p. 116.

The Altar of Fashion, 9 (May 1898), p. 81.

In a Gullery, 9 (June 1898), p. 109.

Doll and the Starling: A Morning Call, 9 (November 1898), p. 203.

The Angel in the Lilac-Bush, 12 (August 1901), p. 147.

The Missel Thrush and Irish Yew, XIV (May 1903), p. 87.

The Chiff-Chaffs Return, XIV (June 1903), p. 132.

To a Thrush on a Mid-March Morning, 17 (April 1906), p. 61.

The Egret’s Royal Charter, 17 (June 1906), p. 105.

The Thrush’s Funeral, 19 (August 1908), p. 141.

The Thrush’s Word, 23 (April 1912), p. 71.


Northampton Mercury

The Long Buckby Hero, 13 May 1904, p. 6.


Northern Counties Magazine

Bernard Gilpin, 2 (April 1901), p. 2.

In Memory of Bishop Westcott. At Bishop Auckland, Friday, 2nd August, 2 (September 1901), p. 401.


Nottingham Evening Post

In Memoriam: Josephine Kipling, New York, March 6, 11 March 1899, p. 2.


Nottinghamshire Guardian

To John Ruskin on His 79th Birthday, 12 February 1898, p. 4.


Pall Mall Gazette

A Sonneteer at the New Gallery, 17 May 1888, p. 14.

For Browning’s Funeral, 31 December 1889, p. 2.

To Sister Rose Gertrude, 3 February 1890, p. 2.

To H. M. Stanley, 26 April 1890, p. 2.

To H. M. Stanley and Miss D. Tennant, 12 July 1890, p. 4.

‘In olden time, the prophet of the Lord,’ 16 September 1890, p. 2.

The Dead Prince, January 14th, 1892, 15 January 1892, p. 1.

Lieut. R.G. Garvin: A Tribute from Canon Rawnsley, 12 August 1916, p. 2.


Pall Mall Gazette, Literary Supplement

The Crown of Tears. St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, 20th January, 1892, 28 January 1892.

 Pall Mall Magazine

The Heroes of Rhondda Vale, 1 (September 1893), pp. 773-780.

The Haunted Oak of Nannau, 3 (July 1894), pp. 353-361.

Penrith Herald

In Memory of THomas Bakewell, 8 April 1916.

 Penrith Observer

Sonnet to Dean Oakley, 17 June 1890, p. 7.

A Welcome to the Kaiser at Dunmail Raise, 20 August 1895, p. 5.

To America, 10 May 1898, p. 6.

The New Year’s Hope, 9 January 1899, p. 6.

Across the Flood, 5 February 1901, p. 7.

In Memoriam: Mr. Henry Howard, 11 August 1914, p. 7.

To the 4th Battalion Border Regiment: On Their Sailing for Burmah, Oct. 29th, 1914, 10 November 1914, p. 6.

Penrith Grammar School Song, 30 March 1915, p. 7.

The Coming of Spring, 7 March 1916, p. 6.

Oor Lad Wha Nobbut Cooms I’ Dreams, 3 January 1917, p. 6.

Going Home, 9 January 1917, p. 7.


Peterborough Advertiser

‘They who, with sight of Death see Duty clear,’ 1 February 1899, p. 3.


Picture Politics

To England and America: A New Year’s Greeting, (January-February 1902), p. 3.


Reading Mercury

The Crown of Tears, 30 January 1892, p. 2.


Review of Reviews

The Forth Bridge, 1 (March 1890), p. 203.


Royal Cornwall Gazette

The Dying Charger, 24 May 1900, p. 6.


Saint George: The Journal of the Ruskin Society of Birmingham

The master at Rest, III (April 1900), p. 74.

At Ruskin’s Grave: On His Birthday, February 8th, 1900, III (April 1900), p. 75.

At Ruskin’s Funeral, III (April 1900), pp. 76-79.


Scots Magazine

The Legend of St. Bees, 1 January 1888, p. 47.



St. Andrew’s Quincentenary, 14 September 1911, p. 8.

A Scottish V.C., 23 August 1915, p. 11.


Selborne Magazine and Nature Notes

The Larger Spotted Woodpecker: Allan Bank, Grasmere, 1917, 28 (September 1917), pp. 106-107.


Sheffield Daily Telegraph

‘To-day the land remembers him who fought,’ 25 April 1904, p. 7.

A Brave Doctor: In Honour of Dr. D. C. Turnbull, 31 March 1915, p. 6.


Sheffield Weekly Telegraph

Matthew Arnold: In Laleham Churchyard, April 1888, 27 October 1894, p. 27.


Shields Daily News

The Spirit of Gordon, 7 September, 1898, p. 4.


South Wales Daily News

In Memoriam, 8 April 1899, p. 6.

To General Buller, 3 March 1900, p. 6.


South Wales Echo

The Spirit of Gordon, 6 September 1898, p. 3.

An Estcourt Hero, 21 November 1899, p. 2.


Southend Standard and Essex Weekly Advertiser

‘Tenderly down the hill we bore them,’ 22 February 1900, p. 5.



A Cry from Ireland, 59 (13 March 1886), p. 355.

August in the Keswick Vale, 59 (31 July 1886), p. 1022.

November at the Lakes, 59 (13 November 1886), p. 1527.

A Christmas Sonnet, 60 (8 January 1887), p. 44.

A Rainless April, 60 (23 April 1887), p. 558.

April with Rain – A Sequel, 60 (30 April 1887), p. 590.

July at the Lakes, 60 (16 July 1887), p. 959.

August at the Lakes, 60 (6 August 1887), p. 1057.

Edward Thring, 60 (5 November 1887), p. 1488.

Frederick III, 61 (30 June 1888), p. 886.

Glen Almond, 61 (25 August 1888), p. 1162.

Spring the Beloved, 64 (3 May 1890), p. 624.

Village Naturalist, 65 (15 November 1890), p. 683.

The Gordon Home: An Appeal, 67 (15 August 1891), p. 225.



February, 21 February 1914, p. 34.

The Memorial Shrine, Westminster, 26 April 1919, p. 24.


St. James’s Gazette

To Lord Tennyson: On His Eightieth Birthday, 6 August 1889, p. 12.

Owens College Jubilee, the Opening of the Whitworth Hall, March 12, 1902, 12 March 1902, p. 10.



Poem, 11 March 1897.


T.P.’s Journal of Great Deeds of the Great War

Sonnet in Honour of Lieut.-Commander H. de P. Rennick, 2 (30 January 1915), p. 59.

To Lieut. Holbrook and His Gallant Crew of B11 (December 13th), 2 (13 February 1915), p. 124.

General Joffre’s Farewell, 2 (20 March 1915), p. 255.

Take Me Home, 3 (15 May 1915), p. 132.


Tamworth Herald

‘There is glory now by Anker stream,’ 7 May 1904, p. 8.



‘Hark to the moaning of the Northern Sea,’ 26 September 1914, p. 9.

Belgium, 7 November 1914, p. 9.

1915, 1 January 1915, p. 7.


Uppingham School Magazine

The Wooing of the North Wind: Its Beginning and End, 8 (June 1870), pp. 147-57.

[Sonnets], (January 1888).


Wells Journal

A Farewell to Kitchener, 15 December 1898, p. 2.

At Ruskin’s Grave, 1 February 1900, p. 2.


West Cumberland Times

A May Song, 11 May 1895, p. 2.

In Honour of William Thompson Stephenson, 26 December 1896, p. 4.

‘Now let the stars from heaven to earth be shed,’ 19 June 1897, p. 6.

‘Born of the love of Bridget when her soul,’ 16 December 1899, p. 2.

The Secret of Olad Age, 28 December 1901, p. 5.

At the Declaring Open of the Brandelhow Estate by H.R.H. Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, October 16th, 1902, 18 October 1902, p. 2.

Keswick Old Folks’ “Do,” New Year’s Eve, 1902, 3 January 1903, p. 3.

T’Oald Fwoks’ Cursmas Do, 2 January 1904, p. 3.

I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes to the Hills, 26 March 1904, p. 3.

T’Ald Fwoks’ Cursmas, December, 1904. Barns Yance Agean, 31 December 1904, p. 5.

T’Oald Fwoks’ Cursmas Dea, 1904. Barns Yance Agean, 7 January 1905, p. 3.

‘I, in a tranquil May-tide’s afterglow,’ 3 June 1905, p. 6.

T’ Keswick Auld Fwokes’ Do, 1905, 30 December 1905, p. 3.

To My Friends Well Met, 31st March, 7 April 1906, p. 3.

Old Mary’s Secret, 29 December 1906, p. 2.

T’Auld Fwoks’ Kursmas “Do”. In Memory of Irwin Jenkinson, 31 December 1910, p. 3.


Western Daily Press

 St. Werburgh’s Tower, 7 March 1876, p. 3.

To the Memory of the Fathers of the Western Church, whose Memorial is Preserved by the Sculptures in the Cathedral Porch, 3 April 1876, p. 4.

To All Who are Interested in Pulling Down or Preserving to Grateful Memory the Sculptures of the Few Latin Fathers of the Western Church, now Erected on Either Side of the Cathedral Porch, 3 April 1876, p. 4.

Raika, “Queen of the Bulgarians”, 5 September 1876, p. 3.

Harvest Thanksgiving at St. Barnabas, Sept. 5, 1876, 9 September 1876, p. 3.

An Incident of the Floods in Picton Street, 11 December 1894, p. 5.

To Czar Nicholas II, 19 December 1898, p. 2.


Western Times

To Sir Redvers Buller, V.C., Exeter, September 6th, 8 September 1905, p. 10.


Westminster Gazette

To W. E. Gladstone, On His Eighty-Seventh Birthday, 29 December 1896, p. 3.

‘They who, with sight of Death see Duty clear,’ 24 January 1899, p. 2.

In Memoriam: Josephine Kipling, New York, March 6th, 10 March 1899, p. 2.

‘Tenderly down the hill we bore them,’ 21 February 1900, p. 2.

‘Jourbet is dead! far off the whisper ran,’ 2 April 1900, p. 2.

A Brave Trumpeter, 23 August 1900, p. 2.

The Delhi Durbar, 10 January 1903, p. 2.

America to England, Greeting!, 26 January 1903, p. 2.

Colonel Henderson, Ave Atque Vale!, 11 March 1903, p. 2.

A New Year’s Sonnet. The Tide of Love, 1904, 1 January 1904, p. 11.

Sir Wilfrid Lawson: Obiit July 1, 1906, 3 July 1906, p. 2.

To a Statesman: (Bereaved August 30, 1906), 1 September 1906, p. 2.

Books for the Blind: An Appeal, 63 (16 April 1914), p. 2.

The Promise of May, 63 (2 May 1914), p. 2.

In Memoriam: Silvester Horne, M.P., 63 (7 May 1914), p. 2.

A Prayer for Peace, 44 (4 August 1914), p. 2.

To the Heroes of the Northern Sea, 19 September 1914, p. 2.

St. Paul’s: November 19, 1914, 44 (19 November 1914), p. 2.

To the Football Player: An Appeal, 44 (30 November 1914), p. 2.

The Day of Intercession, 45 (2 January 1915), p. 2.

In Honour of Dr. Elsie Inglis, 3 December 1917, p. 2.


Westmoreland Gazette

August in the Keswick Vale, 7 August 1886, p. 3.

Father Damien, 6 July 1889, p. 3.

To Lord Tennyson: On His Eightieth Birthday, 17 August 1889, p. 3.

In Memoriam: Bishop Lightfoot, 4 January 1890, p. 8.


Whitby Gazette

‘He’s an absent-minded beggar – that’s no reason we should take,’ 19 January 1900, p. 8.


Wigton Advertiser

To My Friends Well Met, 13 February 1909, p. 5.

The Way of Freedom, 26 August 1911, p. 5.

Peace at Last, 4 January 1919, p. 3.



The King Dead, 10 May 1910, p. 795.

 Yorkshire Evening Post

Brave Little Lads of Lincolnshire, 31 December 1898, p. 5.

 Yorkshire Gazette

The Cathedral Service, 28 August 1886, p. 6.

The Banquet, 28 August 1886, p. 6.

 Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer

Stewardess of the Stella, 6 May 1899, p. 7.

Trafalgar Day, October 21, 1905, 21 October 1905, p. 8.

At Saint William’s College, York, May 18, 1911, 19 May 1911, p. 6.

A Sonnet on the Welsh Church Bill: To Our Legislators, An Appeal, 13 January 1913, p. 6.

To Captain F.C. Grenfell, 9th Lancers: Le Cateau, August 31, 1914, 10 September 1914, p. 4.

The Soldier’s Last Will and Testament: Verdun, 21 April 1916, p. 4.

Death the Revealer, 24 April 1916, p. 4.

In Memory of Lieut. R.G. Garvin: The Battle of the Somme, July 22nd, 1916, 12 August 1916, p. 6.

Christmas Day, 1916, 23 December 1916, p. 4.

The Kaiser’s Letter to His Chancellor, Oct. 31, 1916, 19 January 1917, p. 4.


Miscellaneous Poetry Publications

“The Miner’s Rescue. Troedyrhiw Colliery, Rhondda Vale, Glamorganshire, April 20, 1877. (A poem published in pamphlet form).

The Haunted Oak of Nannau: A Dramatic Cantata (with William E. Haesche), 1903.

A Ballad of the Conemaugh Flood, (A poem published in Poems of American History, edited by Burton Egbert Stevenson, 1908).

A Prayer for Peace, (A poem published in Songs and Sonnets for England in War Time, 1914).

Preface to the book Songs and Wings: A Posy of Bird Poems for Young and Old, edited by Isa J. Postgate, 1914.


Liverpool Daily Post, 4 August 1909, p. 8

Canon Rawnsley has the faculty of placing vivid impressions in vivid verse. He is a true and a worthy disciple of Wordsworth. In our own and other columns he has dealt with events of the moment in verse which always displays a wonderful faculty for grasping the inner meaning of these events. This, too, is Wordsworthian in influence. "Poems at Home and Abroad" shows Canon Rawnsley in every phase of his art. The “Poems of Italy” are quite characteristic. There is the appreciation of colour, the tender optimism of the philosophy, the wide comprehension of sympathy. The “Memorial Sonnets” appeal most to us. Here is a collection of sonnets dealing in Canon Rawnsley’s own way events of the time. It would be absurd to say that the sonnets are perfect in form; after all, that is an achievement which is given to very few. But they have their own dignity and richness of thought. If we place the tribute to Swinburne as the best, it is largely because it shows in every line Canon Rawnsley’s widely sympathetic temper. It is not every ecclesiastic who can see so deeply into Swinburne’s yearning heart.

Citizen (Letchworth), 6 November 1909, p. 8

Canon Rawnsley has long been known to us as a lover of nature and the author of some of the most charming books in our library. We have followed him on many a jaunt around his favourite Lakeland, but he has now taken us further afield and given us a volume of “Poems at Home and Abroad.” The talented parson is a sweet singer, and although we like his Nature poems best of all, he has written much that is worth reading of Italy and other foreign lands. We should like to quote many stanzas by this pleasant songster, but a reasonable quotation from the poem “Fieldfares” must suffice. These birds, if not already here, will soon be heard uttering their “chank, chank” upon our breezy Common, and judging by the wild fruits which now abound, these winter visitors from the far North will find food in plenty to tide them over the winter.

With ‘tsik-tsak’ high and ‘tsik-tsak’ low—
    While perched far off their pickets stand—
    These wandering birds possess the land
Our Norseman fathers used to know.
    In voice, half quarrel, half command,
    They wrangle on, the robber band—
    Swift-wingéd Vikings from the strand
Of ice and winter snow.