Parnassian Moments 1 January: Arthur Hugh Clough


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Arthur Hugh Clough Arthur Hugh Clough

Poet: Arthur Hugh Clough

Dates: 1 January 1819 – 13 November 1861

Nationality: English

Title of Poem: In a London Square

Put forth thy leaf, thou lofty plane,
East wind and frost are safely gone;
With zephyr mild and balmy rain
The summer comes serenly on;
Earth, air, and sun and skies combine
To promise all that’s kind and fair: –
But thou, O human heart of mine,
Be still, contain thyself, and bear.

December days were brief and chill,
The winds of March were wild and drear,
And, nearing and receding still,
Spring never would, we thought, be here.
The leaves that burst, the suns that shine,
Had, not the less, their certain date: –
And thou, O human heart of mine,
Be still, refrain thyself, and wait.

Brief Biography: Arthur Clough was the brother of the suffragist Anne Clough and a devoted assistant to Florence…

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About Jez Farmer

I am a freelance writer and poet and started writing after raising my two boys as a way of discovering just who Jez is. That is still very much an on-going project but the journey so far has introduced me to many wonderful friends and fellow writers through an ever growing love of poetry.
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