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Romany Poems Penned by Famous Folki

    Gipsy Vans- By Rudyard Kipling


Unless you come of the Gipsy stock

That steals by night and day,

Lock your heart with a double lock

And throw the key away.

Bury it under the blackest stone

Beneath your father's hearth,

And keep your eyes on your lawful own

And your feet to the proper path.

Then you can stand at your door and mock

When the Gipsy vans come through...

For it isn't right that the Gorgio stock

Should live as the Romany do.


Unless you come of the gipsy blood

That takes and never spares,

Bide content with your given good

And follow your own affairs.

Plough and harrow and roll your land,

And sow what ought to be sowed;

But never let loose your heart from your hand,

Nor flitter it down the road!

Then you can thrive on your boughten food

As the gipsy vans come through...

For it isn't nature the Gorgio blood

Should love as the Romany do.


Unless you carry the Gipsy eyes

That see but seldom weep,

Keep your head from the naked skies

Or the stars'll trouble your sleep.

Watch your moon through your window-pane

And take what weather she brews;

But don't run out in the midnight rain

Nor home in the morning dews.

Then you can huddle and shut your eyes

As the gipsy vans come through...

For it isn't fitting the Gorgio ryes

Should walk as the Romany do.


Unless you come of the ipsy race

That counts all time the same,

Be you careful of Time and Place

And Judgment and Good Name:

Lose your life for to live your life

The way that you ought to do;

And when you are finished, your God and your wife

And the Gipsies'll laugh at you!

Then you can rot in your burying place

As the gipsy vans come through...

For it isn't reason the Gorgio race

Should die as the Romany do.


                                  John Clare

 The snow falls deep; the forest lies alone;

The boy goes hasty for his load of brakes,

Then thinks upon the fire and hurries back;

The gypsy knocks his hands and tucks them up,

And seeks his squalid camp, half hid in snow,

Beneath the oak which breaks away the wind,

And bushes close in snow like hovel warm;

There tainted mutton wastes upon the coals,

And the half-wasted dog squats close and rubs,

Then feels the heat too strong, and goes aloof;

He watches well, but non a bit can spare,

And vainly waits the morsel thrown away.

'Tis thus they live--a picture to the place,

A quiet, pilfering, unprotected race.



                     By Carl Sandburg

I asked a gypsy pal

To imitate an old image

And speak old wisdom.

She drew in her chin,

Made her neck and head

The top piece of a Nile obelisk

and said:

Snatch off the gag from thy mouth, child,

And be free to keep silence.

Tell no man anything for no man listens,

Yet hold thy lips ready to speak.

Carl Sandburg



                   ARTHUR SYMONDS


 The gipsy tents are on the down,

The gipsy girls are here;

And it's O to be off and away from the town

With a gipsy for my dear!


We'd make our bed in the bracken

With the lark for a chambermaid;

The lark would sing us awake in the morning,

Singing above our head.


We'd drink the sunlight all day long

With never a house to bind us;

And we'd only flout in a merry song

The world we left behind us.


We would be free as birds are free

The livelong day, the livelong day;

And we would lie in the sunny bracken

With none to say us nay.


The gipsy tents are on the down,

The gipsy girls are here;

And it's O to be off and away from the town

With a gipsy for my dear!



       The Gipsy Girl- Ralph Hodgson


"COME, try your skill, kind gentlemen,

A penny for three tries!"

Some threw and lost, some threw and won

A ten-a-penny prize.

She was a tawny gipsy girl,

A girl of twenty years,

I liked her for the lumps of gold

That jingled from her ears;

I liked the flaring yellow scarf

Bound loose about her thoat,

I liked her showy purple gown

And flashy velvet coat.

A man came up, too loose of tongue,

And said no good to her;

She did not blush as Saxons do,

Or turn upon the cur;

She fawned and whined, "Sweet gentleman,

A penny for three tries!"

-- But oh, the den of wild things in

The darkness of her eyes!

   Meg She Was A Gipsy by John Keats


OLD MEG she was a Gipsy,

And liv'd upon the Moors:

Her bed it was the brown heath turf,

And her house was out of doors.


Her apples were swart blackberries,

Herr currants pods o'broom;

Her wine was dew of the wild white rose,

Her book a churchyard tomb.


Her Brothers were the craggy hills,

Her Sisters larchen trees -

Alone with her great family

She live'd as she did please


No breakfast had she many a morn,

No dinner many a noon,

And 'stead of supper she would stare

Full hard against the Moon.


But every morn of woodbine fresh

She made her garlanding,

And every night the dark glen Yew

She wove, and she would sing.


And with her fingers old and brown

She plaited mats o' Rushes,

And gave them to the Cottagers

She met among the Bushes.


Old Meg was brave as Margaret Queen

And tall as Amazon:

An old red blanket cloak she wore;

A chip hat had she on.

God rest her aged bones somewhere -

She died full long agone!


The Gipsy's Camp  By John Clare


How oft on Sundays, when I'd time to tramp,

My rambles led me to a gipsy's camp,

Where the real effigy of midnight hags,

With tawny smoked flesh and tattered rags,

Uncouth-brimmed hat, and weather-beaten cloak,

Neath the wild shelter of a knotty oak,

Along the greensward uniformly pricks

Her pliant bending hazel's arching sticks:

While round-topt bush, or briar-entangled hedge,

Where flag-leaves spring beneath, or ramping sedge,

Keeps off the bothering bustle of the wind,

And give the best retreat she hopes to find.


                          The Gypsy Trail

                     Rudyard Kipling


THE white moth to the closing bine,

   The bee to the opened clover,

And the gipsy blood to the gipsy blood

   Ever the wide world over.


Ever the wide world over, lass,

   Ever the trail held true,

Over the world and under the world,

   And back at the last to you.


Out of the dark of the gorgio camp,

   Out of the grime and the gray

(Morning waits at the end of the world),

   Gipsy, come away!


The wild boar to the sun-dried swamp

   The red crane to her reed,

And the Romany lass to the Romany lad,

   By the tie of a roving breed.


The pied snake to the rifted rock,

   The buck to the stony plain,

And the Romany lass to the Romany lad,

   And both to the road again.


Both to the road again, again!

   Out on a clean sea-track --

Follow the cross of the gipsy trail

   Over the world and back!


Follow the Romany patteran

    North where the blue bergs sail,

And the bows are grey with the frozen spray,

    And the masts are shod with mail.


Follow the Romany patteran

   Sheer to the Austral Light,

   Where the besom of God is the wild South wind,

   Sweeping the sea-floors white.


Follow the Romany patteran

   West to the sinking sun,

Till the junk-sails lift through the houseless drift.

   And the east and west are one.


Follow the Romany patteran

   East where the silence broods

By a purple wave on an opal beach

   In the hush of the Mahim woods.


"The wild hawk to the wind-swept sky,

   The deer to the wholesome wold,

And the heart of a man to the heart of a maid,

   As it was in the days of old."


The heart of a man to the heart of a maid --

   Light of my tents, be fleet.

Morning waits at the end of the world,

   And the world is all at our feet!


                              Old Louie

Louie Foot the gypsy rode an  old Ford T

she was a real coolest lady you ever did see

she gave lifts to the clan through rossmore steep hills n lanes

services through  alder hills to upon hill n back again


Ted Sherwood was the boxing king

he was a true preacher diddy coy

he won so many lonsdale belts

first won coconuts at Poole fair shies n gave foes a black eye


Mrs bonham Christie was a sad recluse

on brownsea island shores

she had a wicked gun they said

she fired it all twelve bore


lord and lady wimborne lived at canford school

the amity was a flea pit in the old town of Poole

Poole had two white hearts plus a pub with no name

whilst the grasshoppers danced opposite Bournemouth's fast lane


our trousers were short then and our legs were so sore

though the gentry were rich landowners and we were so poor

Poole had a promenade amidst of the quay

where the sailors all danced their nights on the spree

Romany Poems Penned by Famous Folki

POETS AND THE GYPSIES  ***The Gypsy Poet***

Introduction by Ray Wills.

Famous poets through the ages have always been inspired by the freedom life of the gypsies and have written numerous poems dedicated to them and depicting their gypsy lifestyle .This page contains an assortment of their poetry and  their tribute to the Romany ways and travelling folk who roamed these lands in a period of history when although times were hard there was much to be said for the way of life as depicted in the following variety of poems