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Selected Poetry of William Cosmo Monkhouse (1840-1901)


from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

I am the King of Glory;
I am your brother too;
And even as you do to Me,
So do I unto you.

You took Me in and clothed Me;
You washed My body pierced;
You gave me of your wine to drink
When I was sore athirst.

And you have suffered also,
And you must suffer still;
I suffered upon Calvary;
I suffer on the Hill.
        (The Christ upon the Hill, 197-208)

  1. The Christ upon the Hill
  2. There once was an old man of Lyme
  3. There once was an old monk of Basing
  4. There was a young lady named Laura
  5. There was was a girl of Lahore
  6. Twin-growth


Notes on Life and Works

Born on March 18, 1840, William Cosmo Monkhouse was educated at St. Paul's School from 1848 to 1856. He earned his living at the Board of Trade, in which he worked his way up from clerk to Assistant Secretary of the Finance Department. Privately, Monkhouse was a man of letters: a poet and a critic of art and literature. He published five volumes of verse between 1865 and 1901. His first wife was Laura Keymer, and his second, with whom he had eight children, was Leonora Eliza Blount. He died on July 2, 1901.

Biographical information

Given name: William Cosmo
Family name: Monkhouse
Birth date: 18 March 1840
Death date: 2 July 1901
Nationality: English
Family relations
          father: Cyril John Monkhouse
          mother: Amelia Maria Monkhouse
          wife: Laura Monkhouse (from 1865)
          wife: Leonora Eliza Monkhouse (from 1873)
Language: English
Education: St. Paul's School: 3 October 1848
Literary period: Victorian
Occupation: Assistant secretary to the finance department
Residences
          Skegness to 2 July 1901
          London: 18 March 1840
First RPO edition: 2001