Streets, and Other Verses

Streets, and Other Verses
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Title: Streets, and Other Verses
Release Date: 2019-03-17
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Copyright Status: Public domain in the USA.
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STREETS
AND OTHER VERSES


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Douglas Goldring

Photo by Elliott & Fry.


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STREETS
and other verses

By
DOUGLAS GOLDRING

LONDON
SELWYN & BLOUNT, Ltd.
21 York Buildings, W.C.2

NEW YORK
THOMAS SELTZER
5 West Fiftieth Street

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To
LOVERS OF LONDON
THIS RAGGED OFFERING

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Author’s Note

Of the pieces contained in this collection fifteen arehere printed in book form for the first time. Theremainder are taken from the four volumes of verse whichI have issued during the past ten years, all of which arenow out of print.

“A Triumphal Ode” first appeared in The PoetryChapbook, and “Post-Georgian Poet in Search of a Master,”in Coterie.

D. G.

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November 1st, 1920.


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This great grey city that bred me and mine—
Supreme, mysterious, dirty and divine—
Is made up all of contrast, light and gloom.
It has green hills and parks where flowers bloom;
And shadowed pathways where young lips are shy
And warm hands tangle while the night slips by;
Deserts of humble brick, resigned and drear;
And crowded taverns, full of noise and beer;
Thronged streets where jostle theatre and hotel,
And stately terraces where rich folk dwell....
It has black alleys, and most dismal plains
Crossed by long, steady, fire-emitting trains;
Foul slums and palaces, prisons and spires
And suburbs where the jaundiced clerk expires.
But love and hope are always with us, too:
And such bright eyes, to make the sky seem blue!
All of my life I have spent up and down
Adventurously, in this unending town,
And magic things have seen at Fortune Green
And fairies loitering in a grove at Sheen;
Chelsea made crimson in the sunset’s glare;
The dawn transfiguring even Russell Square....
And I have watched, all through a summer’s day,
The brown-winged barges loaded up with hay,
And seen the heavy cargo-steamers slide
Past Woolwich Ferry, with the flowing tide;
Found joy in travel on a motor ’bus,
And glowing worlds Within the Radius!
And so, for songs, my heart must needs repeat
The cries and whispers of the London street.

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Contents

This great grey city that bred me and mine ...

PAGE
I
Streets 17
Villas (Leytonstone) 19
Cherry Gardens (Rotherhithe) 20
Mare Street, N.E. 21
Kingsland Road, N.E. 22
Living-in (Brixton Rise) 23
Newport Street, E. 24
The Spanish Sailor (Charlton Vale) 25
Outside Charing Cross (2.35 p.m.) 26
Saloon Bar, Railway Arms (Waterloo Road) 27
Mrs. Skeffyngton Calhus 28
Little Houses (Hill Street, Knightsbridge) 30
Malise-Robes 31
The Young Married Couple (Muswell Hill) 32
First Floor Back 33
Maisonnettes (Harrow Road) 34
Walworth Road, S.E. 35
The Country Boy 37
The Letter 38
Lodgings (Bloomsbury) 40
“L’Ile de Java” 41
The Poplars 42
[12]West End Lane 43
Hampstead 45
Oak Hill Way 48
Spaniards’ 49
Richmond Park 50
Westminster Bridge (June Night) 51
Gladstone Terrace 52
Front Doors (Bayswater) 53
The Ballad of the Brave Lover (Thames Embankment) 55
The Quarry 56
In a Taxi 57
In Praise of London 58
II
Highbrow Hill 65
Post-Georgian Poet in Search of a Master 66
Merveilleuses Des Nos Jours (1914) 68
Daisymead 69
Benevolence 70
Mr. Reginald Hyphen (St. James’s Street) 71
She-Devil (Davies Street) 72
Ritz (July, 1914) 73
A Triumphal Ode 74
III
Moritura 79
[13]The Voices 80
Cuckfield Park 81
“Now slants the moonlight...” 82
“Sang a Maid at Peep of Day” 83
A Home-Coming 84
The Kiss 85
On the Promenade (March Winds: Seaford) 86
June 87
To —— 88
The Case of Pierrot 89
Pompes Funèbres 90
Ah! You Moon 91
A Little Poem on Sin 92
Heart and Soul 93
The Singer’s Journey 94
IV
Brighton Beach (Whit-Monday, 1909) 99
Beaugency-sur-Loire 100
In Picardy 101
Calle Memo O Loredan 102
Barcelona 103
Juillac-le-Coq (Charente) 104
Roads 105
Envoi (Ars Longa) 106

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Part I

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Streets

Church Street wears ever a smile, from having watched bright belles
Coming home with young men, after balls, “at all hours.”
Its villas don’t mind; they say, “Go it, young swells,
We’ve been young, too!” But Ebenezer Street glowers.
Chapel deacons live here, with side whiskers and pompous wives,
Who play hymns on Sundays, and deeply deplore sinful acts.
They’re convinced that their neighbours lead scandalous private lives;
—That you and I ought to be shot, “if one knew all the facts.”
Goreham Street’s sad. Here lives old Jones the poet—
He knew Swinburne and Watts, and has letters from “dear Charlie Keene.”
Loo Isaacs lives here as well, and poor Captain Jowett:
And the “Goreham Street Murder” was over at number thirteen.
Now George Street (E.C.) strikes a cheerful and strenuous note;
It is full of live men of business, of ’buses and noise;
Of Surbiton gents, very sleek, in top-hat and fur coat;
And earnest young clerks who perspire, and take classes for boys.
But Audley Street has a calm and a gently fastidious air!
Here I shall live when I’m rich, with my wife and my car:
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When we are pleased, we’ll never shout nor ruffle our hair,
And a lift of the eyebrow will show how annoyed we are.
This is where life is lived nobly and sweetly and well:
Here are beauty, all hardly-won things, and courage and love.
Why people worship the slums and the poor so, I can never tell,
For it’s virtue and baths and good cooking go hand in glove!

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Villas

(Leytonstone)

All down Jamaica Road there are small bow windows
Jutting out neighbourly heads in the street,
And in each sits, framed, a quiet old woman.
These watch the couples who pass or meet,
And some have borne sons, now ageing men;
And most have seen death in their narrow house;
Heard wedding bells for their grandchildren;
Seen boys seek the bar for a last carouse;
And heard wives cry, through thin plaster walls,
And
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