Francis Thompson Quotes (53 quotes)
To My Godchild (this line is inscribed on Thompson's gravestone).
“The hills look over on the South,
And Southward dreams the sea;
And with the sea-breeze hand in hand,
Came innocence and she.”
Daisy (1893), st. 2.
“The fairest things have fleetest end,
Their scent survives their close:
But the rose's scent is bitterness
To him that loved the rose.”
Daisy (1893), st. 10.
“Nothing begins, and nothing ends,
That is not paid with moan,
For we are born in other's pain,
And perish in our own.”
Daisy (1893), st. 15.
The Mistress of Vision (1913).
“The innocent moon, that nothing does but shine,
Moves all the labouring surges of the world.”
Sister Songs, Pt. II (1908).
Grace of the Way, st. 6.
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsFrancis Thompson
Born: December 16, 1859
Died: November 13, 1907 (aged 47)
Bio: Francis Thompson was an English poet and ascetic. After attending college, he moved to London to become a writer, but in menial work, became addicted to opium, and was a street vagrant for years. A married couple read his poetry and rescued him, publishing his first book Poems in 1893.