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An authoritative collection of Ann Hawkshaw’s four volumes of poetry, accompanied by a biographical and critical introduction that places the poet and her work in their cultural and literary context.

‘The Collected Works of Ann Hawkshaw’ brings together Hawkshaw’s four volumes of poetry and republishes them for the first time. Debbie Bark’s biography, introduction and notes highlight Hawkshaw’s most significant poems and propose connections with more canonical works alongside which her writing can be productively viewed. Hawkshaw’s writings have been largely neglected since the early twentieth century, but this new volume reaffirms their ability to offer an exceptional insight into the changing political and religious landscape of the Victorian period.

Preface and Acknowledgements; Biographical Introduction; 1842: ‘Dionysius the Areopagite’ with other poems; 1843: Life’s Dull Reality; 1847: Poems for My Children; 1854: Sonnets on Anglo-Saxon History; 1871: Cecil’s Own Book; Appendix A; Appendix B; Bibliography; Index of Titles; Index of First Lines



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The Collected Works of Ann Hawkshaw
The Collected Works of Ann Hawkshaw
Edited by Debbie Bark
Anthem Press An imprint of Wimbledon Publishing Company www.anthempress.com
This edition first published in UK and USA 2014 by ANTHEM PRESS 75–76 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HA, UK or PO Box 9779, London SW19 7ZG, UK and 244 Madison Ave #116, New York, NY 10016, USA
Copyright © 2014 Debbie Bark editorial matter and selection
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Library of Congress CataloginginPublication Data Hawkshaw, Ann, 1812–1885. [Works. Selections] The collected works of Ann Hawkshaw / edited by Debbie Bark. pages cm Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 9781783080212 (hardcover : alk. paper) 1. Hawkshaw, Ann, 1812–1885. I. Bark, Debbie, editor of compilation. II.Title. PR4765.H4A6 2014 821’.8—dc23 [B] 2014004997
ISBN13: 978 1 78308 021 2 (Hbk) ISBN10: 1 78308 021 3 (Hbk)
Cover image of Ann Hawkshaw courtesy of Lady Alexandra Wedgwood.
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Preface and Acknowledgements Biographical Introduction
‘Dionysius the Areopagite’, with Other PoemsIntroductory Stanzas Dionysius the Areopagite Part I Part II Part III The Past The Future Wild Flowers The Welsh Bard’s Last Song Spring to the Flowers Sonnet—To America Palestine Land of my Fathers To Fountain’s Abbey To a Bereaved Father The Exile Song The Mother to her Starving Child To—— on the Death of Three of her Children To—— after the Death of her Daughter Lines on a Friend lost at Sea The Prophet’s Lament Song The Greek Girl’s Song The Captive King Why am I a Slave? Sonnet to——
Life’s Dull Reality
Poems for My ChildrenSpring is Coming Mary’s Wish The Festival of the Last of October—Scene in the Time of the Druids Common Things The Little Wanderers Part I.—The Resolve
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43 61 69 77 85 86 87 88 89 90 90 91 92 93 95 96 96 97 98 99 100 102 103
107 110 111
112 114 115 115
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Part II.—The Avalanche Part III.—The Cave in the Mountains The Wind Scene in the Time of the Romans The City Child’s Complaint The First Spring Flowers To Editha Editha The Oak Tree I do not love the Night Thinking and Dreaming King Alfred and His Mother—a Scene in the Time of the Saxons The Angel Friend The Stream The Poor Fly—for my little Harry The Land of my Dreams The History of a Coral Islet The Hermit, the Chieftain, and the Child—a Tale about Happiness God is Love The Monk of Chester—a Scene in the Time of the Normans A Talk in Furness Abbey—to J.C.H A Little Girl’s Wish Sir Oswald’s Return—a Scene in the Time of the Crusades Part I Part II Ada
Sonnets on AngloSaxon HistoryIntroductory I.The beginning II. Progress III.The Druids IV.The Romans V. Christianity VI. Christianity in Britain VII. Change VIII.The Saxons.—I IX.The Saxons.—II X. Saxon Mythology XI. Christianity received by the Saxons.—I XII. Christianity received by the Saxons.—II XIII. Merlin XIV. Ethelbert examining the Christian Doctrines XV. Ethelbert embraces Christianity
118 122 125 126 128 129 130 131 132 134 135 137 139 140 141 142 143
145 148 149 152 153 155 155 158 164
167 171 173 175 177 179 181 183 185 187 189 191 193 195 197 199 201
XVI.The great Edwin of Northumbria.—I XVII. Edwin of Northumbria.—II XVIII.The Thane Lilla saving Edwin.—III XIX. Caedmon the AngloSaxon Poet XX.The Chronicler XXI.The Venerable Bede.—I XXII.The Venerable Bede.—II XXIII.The death of Bede.—III XXIV.The Northmen XXV. Destruction of the Abbey of Peterborough by the Northmen XXVI. UnderCurrents XXVII.The Serf XXVIII.The Serf Freed XXIX. Ina resigning his Crown XXX.The Pilgrim.—I XXXI.The Pilgrim.—II XXXII.The Pilgrim.—III XXXIII. Alfred of Northumbria.—I. Retirement XXXIV. Alfred of Northumbria.—II. SelfReliance XXXV.The Monastery XXXVI. Ethelberga XXXVII.The benighted Ceorl XXXVIII.The Witena meeting at Easter XXXIX.The Markman’s Cottage.—I XL.The Markman’s Cottage.—II XLI.True Workers XLII.The Mother of Egbert XLIII. Egbert XLIV. Ethelwulph leaving the Cloister.—I XLV. Ethelwulph.—II XLVI.The Tomb of Ethelberga XLVII. AngloSaxon Patriots XLVIII. Alfred the Great.—I.The Child XLIX. Alfred the Great.—II. Remembrances L. Alfred the Great.—III. Adversity LI. Alfred the Great.—IV. Releasing the Wife and Children of Hastings the Northman LII. Alfred the Great.—V. Romney Marsh, Kent LIII. Denulf LIV.Woman.—I. Ethelfleda, the daughter of Alfred LV.Woman.—II. Ethelfleda LVI.Woman.—III. Ethelgiva the Nun LVII.The three Pilgrims LVIII.The HeroKing
203 205 207 209 211 213 215 217 219
221 223 225 227 229 231 233 235 237 239 241 243 245 247 249 251 253 255 257 259 261 263 265 267 269 271
273 275 277 279 281 283 285 287
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LIX.The Thane’s Fireside LX.The remorse of Athelstan.—I LXI. Athelstan.—II LXII. Edwy and Elfgiva LXIII.The Town LXIV. Disunion LXV. Dunstan.—I.The Boy LXVI. Dunstan.—II.The Dream LXVII. Dunstan.—III.The Youth’s aspirings LXVIII. Dunstan.—IV.The Trial LXIX. Dunstan.—V. Love LXX. Dunstan.—VI.The Fall LXXI. Dunstan.—VII. Nature’s Revenge LXXII. Dunstan.—VIII. Refusing to crown Ethelred LXXIII. Ethelred the Unready LXXIV. Massacre of the Danes LXXV.The Poet LXXVI. Edmund Ironside LXXVII. Canute the Great LXXVIII.The Forest LXXIX. Godwin.—I. Childhood LXXX. Godwin.—II.The meeting with Ulfr LXXXI. Godwin.—III.The Flight LXXXII. Godwin.—IV.The Earl LXXXIII. Godwin.—V.The DeathFeast LXXXIV. Sweyne, the Outlawed LXXXV.The Visit LXXXVI. Editha in the Monastery at Wherwell LXXXVII. DeathShadowings.—I. Edward the Etheling LXXXVIII. DeathShadowings.—II. Leofric LXXXIX. DeathShadowings.—III. Leofric XC. Edward the Confessor.—I XCI. Edward the Confessor.—II XCII.The Eventide.—I XCIII.The Eventide.—II XCIV. Harold.—I XCV. Harold.—II XCVI.The Mother of Harold XCVII. Night after Battle XCVIII.The AngloSaxons Conclusion
289 291 293 295 297 299 301 303 305 307 309 311 313 315 317 319 321 323 325 327 329 331 333 335 337 339 341 343 345 347 349 351 353 355 357 359 361 363 365 367 368
Cecil’s Own Book Part IThe Wonderful Adventures of Hassan the Younger, the Son of HassanelAlfi the Camel Driver The Selfish Toad The Discontented Stream Little Prince Bepettedbyall The Noontide Dream The Squirrel that forgot that it would be Winter The Ambitious WaterLily The Fairy Gift; or,The Iron Bracelet Part II Change—not Death Earth’s Waters The Birds of Passage Homes of the Flowers In Memoriam
Appendix A Appendix B Bibliography Index of Titles Index of First Lines
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417 418 420 420 422
425 451 457 461 465