The George Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition
1964 Crabbe Memorial Competition – First Prize
Adjudicators: Edward Ritchie, Rita Spurr, Jack Lindsay
Joy will be thine, so runs the age old truth,
If thou wilt breed a son and plant a tree;
And Shakespeare tells that this thy golden youth
In childhood”s eyes will ever live for thee.
The cedar”s noble limbs o”erspread the air
Emblem of living strength no gale can bend:
But child and tree outgrow thy loving care,
Then might”st thou wish the Muse had been thy friend.
If fair words come to thee on youth”s full tide,
Close not thy mind, nor send the Muse away;
But cherish them, and leave thy door so wide
That he may enter on thy winter”s day
And touch thy brightest words with gentle wing
So that they fall into their place, and sing.
Copyright © Brig. J.R.T. Aldous 1964