Mr. Housman is widely known on both sides of the Atlantic as one of England's most distinguished men of letters for his work as a playwright, as a novelist, and as a writer for children, and now in this present volume he devotes himself to poetry.
-The Bookseller, Newsdealer and Stationer, Volume 51 
Laurence Housman is a literary artist who, in whatever field he chooses to enter, may be counted on to produce work of beauty and power, if not always of convincing sincerity, and while the present volume is scarcely one of his best it is a notable addition to the year's poetic output. It contains his usual variety of love poems and religious poems-both more or less mystical in their imagery-dramatic lyrics and lyrics of that exquisite lightness and charm which, coupled with the prescience of death, Mr. Housman has made peculiarly his own. Eheu, Fugaces, the lines to the little short-lived seventeenth century Princess Mary, are an example of this very Housmanesque note, and at the other extreme, perhaps equally characteristic, is the colloquial reveries upon Old Swanage, huddled "like a gray cat under the hill."
It is amusing to see on the title-page of this book "by the author of An Englishwoman's Love Letters." It might equally well have read, "by the author of Bethlehem" - or of Prunella. For one of the most striking and persistent qualities of this poet-dramatist-novelist-publicist-and fairy-tale-teller is the quality of imaginative versatility. Truly, in his time he has played many parts-and played them well!
-Catholic World, Volume 109 show more