New Poems

Author: Francis Thompson

Dedication to Coventry Patmore.

Lo, my book thinks to look Time’s leaguer down,
Under the banner of your spread renown!
Or if these levies of impuissant rhyme
Fall to the overthrow of assaulting Time,
Yet this one page shall fend oblivious shame,
Armed with your crested and prevailing Name.

Note.—This dedication was written while the dear friend and great
Poet to whom it was addressed yet lived. It is left as he saw it—
the last verses of mine that were ever to pass under his eyes.

F. T.


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Chicago: Francis Thompson, "Dedication to Coventry Patmore.," New Poems, ed. Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902 and trans. Seaton, R. C. in New Poems (New York: George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892), Original Sources, accessed May 11, 2021,

MLA: Thompson, Francis. "Dedication to Coventry Patmore." New Poems, edited by Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902, and translated by Seaton, R. C., in New Poems, New York, George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Original Sources. 11 May. 2021.

Harvard: Thompson, F, 'Dedication to Coventry Patmore.' in New Poems, ed. and trans. . cited in ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, New Poems, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 11 May 2021, from