WORDS by EDWARD THOMAS
Out of us all That make rhymes, Will you choose Sometimes--- As the winds use A crack in a wall Or a drain, Their joy or their pain To whistle through--- Choose me, You English words? I know you: You are light as dreams, Tough as oak, Precious as gold, As poppies and corn, Or an old cloak: Sweet as our birds To the ear, As the burnet rose In the heat Of Midsummer: Strange as the races Of dead and unborn: Strange and sweet Equally, And familiar, To the eye, As the dearest faces That a man knows, And as lost homes are: But though older far Than oldest yew,--- As our hills are, old,--- Worn new Again and again: Young as our streams After rain: And as dear As the earth which you prove That we love.
Make me content With some sweetness From Wales Whose nightingales Have no wings,--- From Wiltshire and Kent And Herefordshire, And the villages there,--- From the names, and the things No less.
Let me sometimes dance With you, Or climb Or stand perchance In ecstasy, Fixed and free In a rhyme, As poets do.
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|Author||Thomas, Edward (1878-1917)|
|Copyright||Copyright Edward Thomas, 1979, reproduced under licence from Faber and Faber Ltd.|
|First line||Out of us all|
|Publication source||Edward Thomas Collected Poems|
|Publication editor||Thomas, George|
|Publishers||Faber and Faber|
|Digital repository||The First World War Poetry Digital Archive|