William Henry Davis

Born in Newport, Monmouth-shire, Whales on July 3rd, 1871

William Henry Davis was born in Newport, Monmouth-shire, Whales on July 3rd, 1871. He lived with his grandparents since his father was a publican. After doing series of laboring jobs, he traveled to America and then to the other countries. He then returned to England after the accident, which was jumping a train in Canada. He lost his a foot. In Britain he was poor and had a hard life. He married with Helen. He died in 1940.

William's first poem was published when he was 34. He self-published his first book of poetry. 'The souls destroyer' was a book published in 1905, again by his own savings.  Most of his poetry was about nature or life. Like earthy style. 'A Greeting', 'Ale', 'In May' and 'April's charm' are one of the popular poems that he wrote.

A Greeting

Good morning, Life--and all
Things glad and beautiful.
My pockets nothing hold,
But he that owns the gold,
The Sun, is my great friend--
His spending has no end.

Hail to the morning sky,
Which bright clouds measure high;
Hail to you birds whose throats
Would number leaves by notes;
Hail to you shady bowers,
And you green field of flowers.

Hail to you women fair,
That make a show so rare
In cloth as white as milk--
Be't calico or silk:
Good morning, Life--and all
Things glad and beautiful.

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