Skip navigation to main content

Live Stream: “And You, Helen” by Edward Thomas

Written by Sinead Nunes, 26th May 2020

On Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1pm you can  join us on Facebook live for your bi-weekly dose of literature read aloud. We'll be looking at poems and texts that inspire us, reading along together and offering the chance for people to share their thoughts and get involved in discussions. If you'd like your lunch time to involve some literature, sit back and enjoy.

Today we are reading "And You, Helen" by Edward Thomas

And you, Helen by Edward Thomas

And you, Helen, what should I give you?So many things I would give youHad I an infinite great storeOffered me and I stood beforeTo choose. I would give you youth,All kinds of loveliness and truth,A clear eye as good as mine,Lands, waters, flowers, wine,As many children as your heartMight wish for, a far better artThan mine can be, all you have lostUpon the travelling waters tossed,Or given to me. If I could chooseFreely in that great treasure-houseAnything from any shelf,I would give you back yourself,And power to discriminateWhat you want and want it not too late,Many fair days free from careAnd heart to enjoy both foul and fair,And myself, too, if I could findWhere it lay hidden and it proved kind.Edward Thomas

Posted by The Reader on Tuesday, May 26, 2020

And You, Helen
And you, Helen, what should I give you?
So many things I would give you
Had I an infinite great store
Offered me and I stood before
To choose. I would give you youth,
All kinds of loveliness and truth,
A clear eye as good as mine,
Lands, waters, flowers, wine,
As many children as your heart
Might wish for, a far better art
Than mine can be, all you have lost
Upon the travelling waters tossed,
Or given to me. If I could choose
Freely in that great treasure-house
Anything from any shelf,
I would give you back yourself,
And power to discriminate
What you want and want it not too late,
Many fair days free from care
And heart to enjoy both foul and fair,
And myself, too, if I could find
Where it lay hidden and it proved kind.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Articles

Literature

Places to Go: The Machine Stops by E.M Forster

This week, Chris Lynn reads from E.M Forster’s classic sci-fi short story ‘The Machine Stops’ - the full text can…

Read more
Literature

Live Stream: Under the Waterfall by Thomas Hardy

'Whenever I plunge my arm, like this, In a basin of water, I never miss The sweet sharp sense of…

Read more
Literature

Live Stream: Resolution and Independence by William Wordsworth

from Resolution and Independence My former thoughts returned: the fear that kills; And hope that is unwilling to be fed;…

Contact us

Get in touch and be part of the story
You can also speak to us on: 0151 729 2200
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.