Poem introduction

'Inscription for a Scented Garden for the Blind' - this inscription was commissioned and is in fact on a stone in the grounds of Lauderdale House in London.

Inscription for a Scented Garden for the Blind

Inscription for a Scented Garden for the Blind

Wayfarer, pause. Although you may not see,
Earth's bright children, herbs and flowers, are here:
It is their small essential souls that greet you,
Mounted upon the morning or evening air:
While from above, from sky and tree-bough,
Birds fling down their songs, a musical burgeoning.


from Collected Poems (Carcanet, 1988), copyright © John Heath-Stubbs 1988, used by permission of the author.

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1Mozart

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2Purkis

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3A Crow in Bayswater

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4Christus Natus Est

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5The Frog and the Nightingale

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6Wishes for the Months

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7The Lady’s Complaint

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8Girl with Marionettes

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9Plato and the Waters of the Flood

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10When Sappho Loved

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11The Timeless Nightingale

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12The Poet of Bray

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13Inscription for a Scented Garden for the Blind

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14The Tree-Creeper

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15The Carrion Crow

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16The Stonechat

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17The Blackcap

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18Ibycus

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19Song of the Death-Watch Beetle

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20Flea

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21Inscription for a Sundial

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22A Jellicle Cat

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23The Mulberry Tree

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24The Ghost of Gruesome Towers

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25A Ballad of the Piltdown Man

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26At the Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea

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27A Ballad of Trafalgar Square

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28Sonnet

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29Ockham’s Razor

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30A Christmas Rose

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