11 November 2006

Remembering poetry

I keep getting lines of poetry popping into my mind from long ago, this you may remember yourselves. I was moved by it at the time.
Do you remember the poem and who taught us it?
No sound of joy or sorrow
Was heard from either bank;
But friends and foes in dumb surprise,
With parted lips and straining eyes,
Stood gazing where he sank;
And when above the surges,
They saw his crest appear,
All Rome sent forth a rapturous cry,
And even the ranks of Tuscany
Could scarce forbear to cheer.
It is those last two lines that I struck the chord.
Jim Wishart,  


  1. I think it was "Pa" Watts who taught us the poem. Its Horatius by Macauly. You can read it all at www.englishverse.com/poems/horatius  cheers jonn

  2. Right John! But I think I was taught it by Tom Pierce in about 1948. I think I was in IVc at the time. It has great rhythm and is quite stirring eh?     jim 


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