Geoffrey Hill Light Poems
- 1. Mercian Hymns
King of the perennial holly-groves, the riven sandstone: overlord of the M5: architect of the historic rampart and ditch, the citadel at Tamworth, the summer hermitage in Holy Cross: guardian of the Welsh Bridge and the Iron Bridge: contractor to the desirable new estates: saltmaster: moneychanger: commissioner for oaths: martyrologist: the friend of Charlemagne.
- 2. In Piam Memoriam
Created purely from glass the saint stands,
Exposing his gifted quite empty hands
- 3. On Seeing The Wind At Hope Mansell
Whether or not shadows are of the substance
such is the expectation I can
wait to surprise my vision as a wind
enters the valley: sudden and silent
- 4. The Triumph Of Love
Sun-blazed, over Romsley, a livid rain-scarp.
- 5. Tenebrae
He was so tired that he was scarcely able to hear a note of the songs: he felt imprisoned in a cold region where his brain was numb and his spirit was isolated.