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Selected Poetry of William Brighty Rands (1823-1882)

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

Great, wide, beautiful, wonderful World,
With the wonderful water round you curled,
And the wonderful grass upon your breast--
World, you are beautifully drest.
        (Great, Wide, Beautiful, Wonderful World, 1-4)
  1. Great, Wide, Beautiful, Wonderful World
  2. Little Ditties I
  3. Polly

Notes on Life and Works

Born in 1823, William Brighty Rands published several volumes of children's literature anonymously and contribuetd to periodicals under various pseudonyms, especially Matthew Browne, Henry Holbeach, and T. Talker. He worked as a reporter in the House of Commons and died in 1882. His major publications are

Biographical information

Given name: William Brighty
Family name: Rands
Birth date: 1823
Death date: 1882