Who is Francis Thompson

Francis Thompson (16 December 1859 – 13 November 1907) was an English poet and mystic. At the behest of his father, a doctor, he entered medical school at the age of 18, but at 26 left home to pursue his talent as a writer and poet. He spent three years on the streets of London, supporting himself with menial labour, becoming addicted to opium which he took to relieve a nervous problem.

In 1888 a married couple, publishers, read his poetry and took him into their home for a time. They were to publish his first book Poems in 1893. In 1897, he switched to writing prose, drawing inspiration from life in the countryside, Wales and Storrington. His health, always fragile, continued to deteriorate and he died of tuberculosis in 1907. By that time he had published three book...
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Francis Thompson Poems

  • Beginning Of End
    She was aweary of the hovering
    Of Love's incessant tumultuous wing;
    Her lover's tokens she would answer not--
    'Twere well she should be strange with him somewhat: ...
  • Messages
    What shall I your true-love tell,
    Earth-forsaking maid?
    What shall I your true-love tell,
    When life's spectre's laid? ...
  • Dedication To Coventry Patmore.
    Lo, my book thinks to look Time's leaguer down,
    Under the banner of your spread renown!
    Or if these levies of impuissant rhyme
    Fall to the overthrow of assaulting Time, ...
  • To A Child
    Whenas my life shall time with funeral tread
    The heavy death-drum of the beaten hours,
    Following, sole mourner, mine own manhood dead,
    Poor forgot corse, where not a maid strows flowers; ...
  • Penelope
    Love, like a wind, shook wide your blosmy eyes,
    You trembled, and your breath came sobbing-wise
    For that you loved me.
    ...
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Sweet 54 Love 41 I Love You 41 Heart 40 Heaven 39 Soul 32 Earth 30 Song 28 God 28 Great 28


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  • Beccaedav: seth rogen and kenan thompson putting in more effort than most of the guys at the met gala
  • Mo_americanoid: sir david suchet reading the hound of heaven by francis thompson
  • Mo_americanoid: the hound of heaven - the story of francis thompson
  • Oldskoolbayarea: lyrics are great. guitar back up well it needs a little work. sorry. my background, i have been around mick fleetwood, john lee hooker, francis clay ( muddy waters drummer), my old classmate ron thompson, and many more.
  • Tangoldman: this week in "experimental documentary:" theorizing the city symphony with sample of '20-30s european + latin american city symphonies. man with a movie camera as feature and discussion of kino-eye. also addressing post-1930s works including francis thompson's n.y., n.y. (1957)
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