Thomas Hood

  • Blank Verse in Rhyme
    EVEN is come; and from the dark Park, hark,
    The signal of the setting sun—one gun!
    And six is sounding from the chime, prime time
    To go and see the Drury-Lane Dane slain,—
    Or hear Othello’s jealous doubt spout out,—
    Or Macbeth...

  • How hard, when those who do not wish
      To lend, thus lose, their books,
    Are snared by anglers—folks that fish
      With literary hooks—
    Who call and take some favorite tome,
      But never read it through;
    They thus complete their set at home

  • Young Ben he was a nice young man,
      A carpenter by trade;
    And he fell in love with Sally Brown,
      That was a lady’s maid.

    But as they fetched a walk one day,
      They met a press-gang crew;
    And Sally she did faint away,
      Whilst Ben he was...

  • A Pathetic Ballad
    BEN BATTLE was a soldier bold,
      And used to war’s alarms;
    But a cannon-ball took off his legs,
      So he laid down his arms.

    Now as they bore him off the field,
      Said he, “Let others shoot;
    For here I leave my second leg...

  • Let Taylor preach, upon a morning breezy,
    How well to rise while nights and larks are flying—
    For my part, getting up seems not so easy
                By half as lying.

    What if the lark does carol in the sky,
    Soaring beyond the sight to find him out,—...

  • O Saw ye not fair Ines? she ’s gone into the west,
    To dazzle when the sun is down, and rob the world of rest;
    She took our daylight with her, the smiles that we love best,
    With morning blushes on her cheek, and pearls upon her breast.

    O turn again, fair Ines,...

  • ’t Was in the prime of summer time,
      An evening calm and cool,
    And four-and-twenty happy boys
      Came bounding out of school;
    There were some that ran, and some that leapt
      Like troutlets in a pool.

    Away they sped with gamesome minds

  • I Will not have the mad Clytie,
      Whose head is turned by the sun;
    The tulip is a courtly quean,
      Whom, therefore, I will shun:
    The cowslip is a country wench,
      The violet is a nun;—
    But I will woo the dainty rose,
      The queen of every...

  • No!

            NO sun—no moon!
            No morn—no noon—
    No dawn—no dust—no proper time of day—
            No sky—no earthly view—
            No distance looking blue—
    No road—no street—no “t’ other side the way”—
            No end to any Row—

  • Written During Sickness, April, 1845

    FAREWELL, life! my senses swim,
    And the world is growing dim;
    Thronging shadows cloud the light,
    Like the advent of the night,—
    Colder, colder, colder still,
    Upward steals a vapor chill;
    Strong the...