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Selected Poetry of Francis William Bourdillon (1852-1921)


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

The mind has a thousand eyes,
And the heart but one:
Yet the light of a whole life dies
When love is done.
        (The Night has a Thousand Eyes)
  1. The Night has a Thousand Eyes
  2. On the South Downs


Notes on Life and Works

A late Victorian English poet from Buddington, Sussex, Francis William Bourdillon was born on March 22, 1852, educated at Worcester College, Oxford, and acted as tutor to the Prince and the Princess Christian at Cumberland Lodge. He published 13 volumes of poems from 1878 to 1921. One poem of the nearly 500 he wrote secured his fame, "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes." He also did scholarly editing of poems and chronicles from Old French. His edition and translation of Aucassin & Nicolette came out in 1887. In 1906 the Bibliographical Society published his study, The Early Editions of the Roman de la Rose. He died on January 13, 1921.

His volumes of verse are as follows:

Biographical information

Given name: Francis William
Family name: Bourdillon
Birth date: 1852
Death date: 1921