Who is Francis Thompson

Francis Thompson (16 December 1859 – 13 November 1907) was an English poet and Catholic 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 Wilfrid and Alice Meynell read his poetry and took the opium-addicted and homeless writer into their home for a time, later publishing his first volume, Poems, in 1893. In 1897, he began 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 h...
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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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Cheeriopublish: jackdaw by tade thompson. publishing 6th october. this darkly comic novella follows a psychiatrist who becomes consumed with the need to understand francis bacon after being tasked to write a short piece on the artist. ⭐ pre-order your copy today:
Cheeriopublish: jackdaw by tade thompson. publishing 6th october. this bold piece of fiction follows a young psychiatrist tasked to write a short work on francis bacon. but what starts as research into the artist quickly becomes a destructive obsession. ⭐ pre-order today.
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The waters chased him as he fled
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1749

The waters chased him as he fled,
Not daring look behind-
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