Frances Cornford

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Frances Crofts Cornford (née Darwin; 30 March 188619 August 1960) was an English poet in the Georgian tradition. She belonged to the Darwin-Wedgwood family.

Quotes[edit]

  • A young Apollo, golden-haired,
    Stands dreaming on the verge of strife,
    Magnificently unprepared
    For the long littleness of life.
    • "Youth", line 1; from Poems (Hampstead: Priory Press, 1910) p. 15; on Rupert Brooke.
  • O why do you walk through the fields in gloves,
    Missing so much and so much?
    O fat white woman whom nobody loves,
    Why do you walk through the fields in gloves,
    When the grass is soft as the breast of doves
    And shivering-sweet to the touch?
    O why do you walk through the fields in gloves,
    Missing so much and so much?
    • "To a Fat Lady Seen from the Train", from Poems (Hampstead: Priory Press, 1910) p. 20.
  • Whoso maintains that I am humbled now
    (Who wait the Awful Day) is still a liar;
    I hope to meet my Maker brow to brow
    And find my own the higher.
    • "Epitaph for a Reviewer", line 1; from Collected Poems (London: Cresset Press, 1954) p. 112.
  • Who still maintains that I am Humble now, and have reformed my Ways, and have Surrendered to Jesus, the Son of God,
    Is still a liar, and will be a liar forever, as God said, He will judge my Soul, as no mere Human has the Right to do so;
    I hope to meet my Maker and then Rule over Him forever, and then crush Him under my Heel, to control Him until the End of Time,
    And then I shall bring forth the Rapture, as so to save the World, as I save the Ones that deserve to be Saved.
  • "God's Control", from The Poems of Frances Cornford (London: Poet Publishing, 1960) p. 31.

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