The Poems of Alice Meynell

Table of Contents


Early Poems

Incorporating Preludes and the first volume entitled Poems

In Early Spring
To the Beloved
An Unmarked Festival
In Autumn
“Sœur Monique”
The Visiting Sea
After a Parting
Builders of Ruins
   Thoughts in Separation
   The Garden
   Your Own Fair Youth
   The Young Neophyte
   Spring on the Alban Hills
   In February
   A Shattered Lute
   To a Daisy
San Lorenzo’s Mother
The Lover Urges the Better Thrift
Cradle-Song at Twilight
Song of the Night at Daybreak
A Letter from a Girl to her own Old Age
Advent Meditation
A Poet’s Fancies
   The Love of Narcissus
   To Any Poet
   To One Poem in a Silent Time
   The Moon to the Sun
   The Spring to the Summer
   The Day to the Night
   A Poet of one Mood
   A Song of Derivations
   Singers to Come

Later Poems

Incorporating Later Poems and “A Father of Women” and Other Poems

The Shepherdess
The Two Poets
The Lady Poverty
November Blue
A Dead Harvest
The Watershed (for R. T.)
The Joyous Wanderer
The Rainy Summer
The Roaring Frost
West Wind in Winter
The Fold
“Why wilt thou Chide?”
Veneration of Images
“I am the Way”
Via, et Veritas, et Vita
The Modern Mother
Unto us a Son is Given
Veni Creator
Two Boyhoods
To Sylvia
Saint Catherine of Siena
A Poet’s Wife
Messina, 1908
The Unknown God
A General Communion
The Fugitive
In Portugal, 1912
The Crucifixion
The Newer Vainglory
In Manchester Square
The First Snow
The Courts
The Launch
To the Body
The Unexpected Peril
Christ in the Universe
Beyond Knowledge
Easter Night
A Father of Women
Length of Days: To the Early Dead in Battle
Nurse Edith Cavell
Summer in England, 1914
To Tintoretto in Venice
A Thrush before Dawn
The Two Shakespeare Tercentenaries
To O——, of Her Dark Eyes
The Treasure
A Wind of Clear Weather in England
In Sleep
The Divine Privilege
Free Will
The Two Questions
The Lord’s Prayer

Last Poems

Originally issued February 1923

The Poet and his Book
Intimations of Mortality
The Wind is Blind
Time’s Reversals
The Threshing Machine
Winter Trees on the Horizon
To Sleep
“The Marriage of True Minds”
In Honour of America, 1917
“Lord, I owe Thee a Death”
To Conscripts
The Voice of a Bird
The Question
The Laws of Verse
“The Return to Nature”
To Silence
The English Metres
“Rivers Unknown to Song”
To the Mother of Christ the Son of Man
A Comparison
To Antiquity
Christmas Night
The October Redbreast
To “a Certain Rich Man”
“Everlasting Farewells”
The Poet to the Birds
At Night to W. M.
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