LYRA HEROICA A BOOK OF VERSE FOR BOYS SELECTED AND ARRANGED BY
WILLIAM ERNEST HENLEY Sound, sound the clarion, fill the fife, To
all the sennual world proclaim One crowded hour of glorious life Is
worth an age without a name - - 1891 - PREFACE - THIS book of verse
for boys is, I believe, the first of its kind in English. Plainly,
it were labour lost to go gleaning where so many experts have gone
harvesting and for what is rarest and best in English Poetry the
world must turn, as heretofore, to the several Golden Treasacries
of Professor Palgrave and Mr. Coventry Patmore, and to the
excellent Poets Walk of Mr. Mowbray Morris. My purpose has been to
choose and sheave a certain number of those achievements in verse
which, as expressing the simpler sentiments and the more elemental
emotions, might fitly be addressed to such boys-and men, for that
matter-as are privileged to use our noble English tongue. To set
forth, as only art can, the beauty and the joy of living, the
beauty and the blessedness of death, the glory of battle and
adventure, the nobility of devotion-to a cause, an ideal, a passion
even-the dignity of resistance, the sacred quality of patriotism,
that is my ambition here. Now, to read poetry at all is to have an
ideal anthology of ones own, and in that possession to be incapable
of content with the anthologies of all the world besides. That is,
the personal equation is ever to be reckoned withal, and I have had
my preferences, as those that went before me had theirs. I have
omitted much, as Aytouns Lays, whose absence many will resent I
have included much, as that brilliant piece of doggerel of
Frederick nlarryats. whose presence some will regard with distress.
This withoutreference to enforcements due to the very nature of my
worlr. I have adopted the birth-day order for that is the simplest.
And I have begun with-not Chaucer, nor Spenser, nor the ballads,
but-Shakespeare and Agincourt for it seemed to me that a boolr of
heroism could have no better starting-point than that heroic pair
of names. As for the ballads, I have placed them. after much
considering, in the gap between old and new, between classic and
romantic, in English verse. The witness of Sidney and Draytons
example notwithstanding, it is not until 1765, when Percy publishes
the Reliqz es, that the ballad spirit begins to be the master
influence that Wordsworth confessed it was while as for the history
of the matter, there are who hold that Sir Patrick Spens, for
example, is-the work of Lady Wardlaw, which to others, myself among
them, is a thing preposterons and distraught. It remains to add
that, addressing myself to boys. I have not scruplcd to edit my
authors wherd iting seemed desirable, and that I have broken up
some of the longer pieces for convenience in rea. ding. Also, the
help I have received while this book of Noble Numbers was in course
of growth-help in the way of counsel. suggestion, remonstrance,
permission to usehas been such that it taxes gratitude and makes
complete acknowledgment impossible - CONTENTS TVILLIAMS HAKLSPE R
1E56 4-1616 and MICHAELD RAYTON 1 563.1631. I. Agincourt Introit -
- - - - Interlude - - - - Harfleur - - - - The Eve - - - - T h e B
a t t l e - - - - A j t e r - - - - - SIR 1 1 WO TTON I 568-1 639.
11. Lord of Himself - - - BEN JONSON 1 574-1637. 111. True Balm - -
- - IV. Honour in Bud - - - JOHN FLETCHER 1576-1625. v. The Joy of
Battle - - - FRANCISBEAUMON T1 586-1616. VI. In Westminster Abbey -
- ROBERT HERRICK 1591-1674. VII. Going A-maying - - - VIII...
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